Nothing will ever be cut as long as people buy into the idea that doing so will hurt too many people. The dialog needs to change, and folks need to realize that the damage caused by bloated government is worse than what'll happen if it's trimmed back. If you look at the raw data, the poverty rate in this country has been virtually unchanged since Johnson's massive expansion of entitlement programs in 1965. And yet in the past, the poor lived without indoor plumbing, TVs, air conditioning, phones, etc. Trillions have been spent on the war on poverty, and yet all they've done is move the bar that defines poverty. It's not about improving conditions -- it's about redistibuting income.
If you read the Federalist Papers, we've really lost the bubble in terms of how this country is supposed to operate. We've devolved into the notion that half the country can gorge at the feed trough, and the other half has to keep filling it. The problem is that it doesn't grow anything -- all of that money that could go into investment and actually create jobs gets siphoned off to address problems associated with low income. The upper classes are so busy filling the trough that nobody has time to grow more food.
Benjamin Franklin once said that the best way to make a man rich is to make him uncomfortable in poverty. There's a lot of data to back that up -- i.e. the poverty rate was dropping a lot faster before the entitlement programs were created than it has since.
I've spent countless hours either on my hands and knees or bent over, messing up my back, looking for blood. One such instance I remember most was a hog hunt a few years ago in Mississippi. I had never shot a hog so when I poked a hole in this guy; I was determined to find him. Wearing snake leggings, I crawled on my hands and knees through the briars and the brambles and bushes where a rabbit wouldn't go. I found a spot of blood here and there but never the pig. And lucky for me, I didn't find...