I've previously shown that governmental budget shortfalls are driven by growing entitlement programs, not the war on terror or defense spending more generally. A September 16th Heritage Foundation report concurred, in some nifty charts:
source: Heritage SR-67 at 11
source: Heritage SR-67 at 12
Indeed, President Obama plans to spend more on welfare in 2010 ($697 billion, at page 17) than the cumulative funding for the Iraq war through early this year ($642 billion, at 8):
source: Heritage SR-67 at 18
So much for "welfare reform," and no wonder Medicare is nearly bankrupt.
(via Van Helsing at Right Wing News)