Entitlements do make up a portion of our budget. But, they do NOT make up the shitty portions of our budget.
The US economy is much bigger and more complex than a family budget. But you know what I do when my family needs to cut spending? I cut out the extras. Yeah, sure, I'd love to learn about Krav Maga and continue my training. But Krav Maga, a nice phone service, cable tv.. Those are the things that go. You know what doesn't go away? How much we spend on our medical care. How much we have available for our food budget. The things we need stay.
Even something big and complex like the US budget must see that cutting entitlements is not really the fat on the steak. (Hint: if there's more fat than steak, it's probably not a steak at all..) Americans have their priorities in the wrong places.
You know what people voted to be most important? Border security and immigration. Those came in at #1 and #2 in the poll being read on the radio news. You know what came in third and fourth? Job security and education. THEN the economy. How the fuck are we really worried about immigration when our education system is complete bullshit and our economy is crap?
American military was getting paid almost $2000 in per diem alone to work on the border mission. JUST IN PER DIEM. That's not including their monthly pay, BAH, and other entitlements. Can you imagine what the civilians are getting for that sort of work? The contractors are usually paid 2-5x more than we are. We waste money on contractors instead of getting our resources to work for us, we keep outsourcing our jobs and then loudly complain that mexicans are somehow stealing them all, and we're doing research on prairie dogs while our kids are getting retarded. Our priorities are messed up.
Cutting entitlements is not the cure-all for things. It isn't even a major fix for them. Our citizens are neglected currently.. cutting potential entitlements to them is not going to create more opportunities for Americans. That logic is off.