According to a recent article, nearly half of the U.S. federal budget went to entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare:
WASHINGTON - Three growing entitlement programs consumed nearly half of all federal spending in 2004, and budget analysts expect them to make up an even bigger share in the future.
Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid accounted for more than $1 trillion in the 2004 budget year, according to the Consolidated Federal Funds Report released Tuesday by the Census Bureau.
Overall federal spending was $2.2 trillion, an increase of 5 percent from 2003.
So - other than the "But that's not fair!" argument, why shouldn't these programs be substantially pared back or eliminated entirely?