Here are the Republican notions of what is important to the fabric of our society laid bare:
"...Working into Friday's pre-dawn hours, senators approved the blueprint by a near party-line 52-46 vote, endorsing a measure that closely follows one the House passed Wednesday. Both budgets embody a conservative vision of shrinking projected federal deficits by more than $5 trillion over the coming decade, mostly by cutting health care and other benefit programs and without raising taxes..." (see link below)
Unbelievable Billions will be spent on the obscene upgrade program for nuclear weapons. Unbelievable Billions will be spend on increasing what is already the world's biggest military, much of it on weapons that either don't work properly, nor for which really address what it ought to take to keep our country secure. Precisely because a permanent war economy doesn't care that much for what is the bottom line concerning our actual security requirements, only the bottom line for the various weapons industries.
Make no mistake, threats are out there. There are fanatics, and extremists of all sorts who would wish us harm, but there are also other threats. Threats to our very existence. Industries that kill far more than the terrorists do. Ingrained processes in the very fabric of daily life that poison the land and us. Unfunded responsibilities to keep our infrastructure not only safe, but up to date for an electrified world, as well as to say our children educated, and all us healthy.
What it boils down to here is that they want their profits, and the tools of intimidation to keep resources open for the ever munching maw of their all consuming, money making, dream machine. They don't want to pay for any of them mind you, any more than they want to pay for what benefits the rest of us. But that's what happens when privilege becomes a self perpetuating monster.
And the real problem here, dear reader, is that you, and I, and most of the other ordinary working people who form the grit and backbone of this country, let it continue. If we stopped participating they would have to stop and start paying attention to what is really important.