In this podcast about the threat of nuclear war, Lisa Perry notes that the U.S. is going to spend $1.7 trillion (trillion -- with a "T") to "modernize" our nuclear weapon inventory. $1.7 trillion.
Having read about this in The Bomb, I understand the pressure the Obama administration felt to do this. But it seems relatively clear to me now that agreeing to this was a big mistake.
More broadly, though, keep this* in mind when you hear that we can't spend money to help people, we "have to" cut social security, etc.
*And the fact that every year, the U.S. spends more on "defense" than the next ten most profligate countries combined.