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Why did Medicare (read: you taxpayers) shell out $172 million in penis pumps between 2006 and 2011?[http://www.thewrap.com/daily-show-exposes-172-million-federal-penis-pump-spending-video/] Why did NASA book a one-way, first-class flight for its Ames Research Center director from Washington, D.C., to San Francisco for $14,773, when a coach ticket can cost as little as $189? [http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/u-s-world/nasa-spends-millions-to-fly-first-and-business-class-with-little-oversight] Why does the EPA spend $1.5 million to store pamphlets and brochures in a warehouse? [http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/mar/13/saving-trees-epa-wastes-15-million-storing-unneede/]

Because America has always been rich and still feels flush with cash. More, it spends money like it can just print more (well, it can, but that just adds to the debt, like running up the credit card for you normal people).

America’s debt isn’t just the president’s fault; Congress sets the budgets, presidents only sign or veto them. But one thing is for sure: The U.S. will only survive if Americans vote in a president who vows to cut the nation’s debt, fast. Let’s hope that happens in 2016.

Joseph Curl covered the White House and politics for a decade for The Washington Times. He can be reached at josephcurl@gmail.com and on Twitter @josephcurl.