Svetlana: you talk a lot of sense. Trump certainly has an ego, but so do all politicians. The average percentage of GDP used military spending around the world is less than 2%, compared to the USA’s 16%. I have no idea why that needs to increase. A government that cut all welfare in order to cut taxes would lose the next election because voters vote for their own self-interest, so will always elect the one who promises the most bread and circuses. I agree with you that most Government spending is “close to pointless and enormously wasteful at the same time” but no-where is this truer than in Military spending, where (for instance) a B52 ashtray cost $50,000!