Any future economic collapse in the US will drive the usual guns versus butter political debate. Only this time around we will have a much higher percentage of our population (60%) who will be largely dependent on government largesse. For the military this debate is made even more challenging given its conversion from a citizen soldier to a professional soldier. This disconnection of the armed forces from the vast majority of Americans who did not serve will make it even more likely that any future political decision will favor passing the fat* over passing the ammo!
*If the voter’s choice comes down to Grandma living on her own (butter) or Grandma living in their basement (guns) then bring on the cholesterol