Are you going to be the one to tell Grandma she has to pay more for her own health care? https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-deficit-problem-in-a-chart-1518481020 The most important thing to understand about the U.S. budget, Donald Trump or no, is illustrated by the nearby chart. Even with Mr. Trump’s modest increases, defense barely rises as a share of federal outlays. In 1989 when the Berlin Wall fell, defense was 26.5% of outlays. In 2019 it will be 15.6%. Meantime, look at “payments for individuals,” which encompass such income transfers as Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and food stamps, among other things. This category was 47.7% of outlays in 1989 and has steadily climbed to reach an estimated 69.2% in 2019. Net interest on the federal debt soaks up another 7.4% of outlays for 2018, and that will rise with interest rates. But as long as Donald Trump and Democrats refuse to reform entitlements, whining about debt and deficits is phony. Defense hawks like John McCain have a compelling case that troops have been denied adequate resources to defend the country, and the giant sucking sound in the federal fisc isn’t defense. It’s the relentless rise of income transfers.