In other words, the military, like the welfare state, needs to be cut.
Ryan insinuated that the Democratic Party is selling the American people a welfare state.
It may or may not prove a defining moment in the history of the American welfare state.
A state or government that promotes public welfare through programs of public health, pensions, unemployment compensation, public housing, and the like. The expression welfare state is often used by those hostile to government intervention in these areas.