It's amusing to see the Republicans and Democrats arguing about Federal spending cuts. It's an example of fake debate.
The disputed spending cuts equal approximately $50B/year. That sounds like a lot of money. However, the total Federal budget is approximately $3.7T/year. The proposed cuts are less than 1.5% of the total budget.
Most Federal spending is "untouchable". "Untouchable" is defined as "Insiders profit from it and will lobby to block cuts." The biggest budget areas are "untouchable":
- interest on the national debt
- military spending
- Social Security and Medicare
- other welfare spending and various pork projects