The Cost Of Hegemony

This poll finding just doesn't get the attention in Washington that it deserves:

Given the choice of cutting military, Social Security or Medicare spending as a way to reduce the overall budget, 45 percent chose military cuts, compared with those to Social Security (17 percent) or Medicare (21 percent.)

So why are we not debating which wars to end and forces to demobilize rather than how to save Medicare? Why does the capital have such a different set of priorities than the rest of the country?