The money has been squandered on a perpetual war that began in 2001. As of 2013, the combined costs of the US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were estimated at $4 trillion. That money equally divided amongst all Americans amounts to roughly $1000 / person / year.
Very similar to what my mother's coworker once said, that cancer is simply nature's failsafe to make sure that eternal life just does not happen.
Why would "Nature" (which is not a willful entity) "want" to make sure that eternal life doesn't happen? By the way, when a bacterium divides, or when a sperm (alive) and egg (alive) join, guess what -- they stay alive. The germline cells are, in a very real sense, immortal. They can die by the usual physical means (e.g. getting crushed, eaten, etc...) but are nonetheless the means and result of rejuvenation.
"Pull the wool over your own eyes!" -- J.R. "Bob" Dobbs