"Eventually, the country will have to confront the deficit we have, rather than the deficit we imagine," wrote New York Times economics writer David Leonhardt. "The one we imagine is a deficit caused by waste, fraud, abuse, foreign aid, oil industry subsidies and vague out-of-control spending. The one we have is caused by the world's highest health costs (by far), the world's largest military (by far), a Social Security program built when most people died by 70 — and to pay for it all, the lowest tax rates in decades. To put it in budgetary terms, the deficit we imagine comes largely from discretionary spending. The one we have comes partly from discretionary spending but mostly from everything else: tax rates, Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security."