President Obama Confident of START Ratification - By Daniel Foster - The Corner - National Review Online
Among my candidates for Constitutional fixes would be mandating that federal expenditures for all other purposes may not exceed those spent for the maintenance of armed forces not engaged in combat operations. The sums expended for the maintenance of such forces shall not exceed one twenty fourth of GDP and combat operations shall be separately accounted for.
At a stroke that would peg the Defense budget at 4% of GDP, which would be sufficient to maintain a 1980's sized force that would effectively deter aggression. Keeping all other federal spending below the 4% ceiling would return the role of DC to what it was before the Great Society. It would permanently block federal entry into Health Care or Transportation, beyond the Constitutional creation of Post Roads and essential Homeland Security functions.