For starters, the term entitlements is a misnomer. A more appropriate term would be earned benefits. But more to the point. When Republicans are asked about the solution to the deficit, it would be so refreshing to hear one of them respond with the following. First, we should trim (note trim, not drastically cut - I'm still for weapons development) the budget of the Defense Department - the most bloated budget of all federal agencies - with its cost overruns and no-bid contracts.