Really, That Much?

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: War and Military  |  House: Booksie Classic

It has come to my attention that countries that have spent too much on their military usually starve, a social death. Latest example, Russia.

 The United States spent more in 2019 then any country in the world, 732 Billion Dollars. That is more than 3 times the amount China spent, 261 Billion, which is the United States nearest competition. And about 11 times more than Russia, India, and Saudi Arabia.

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Taxpayers in the United Statesare paying$738 billion. Here's what those tax dollars could have paid for instead:

Some Combine Trade-Offs

23.65 million People receiving $600 weekly unemployment insurance payments for 1 Year,

or Clean Energy Jobs Created for1 Year,

or Infrastructure Jobs Created for1 Year,

or Head Start Slots for Children for4 Years,

or Veterans Receiving VA Medical Care for1 Year,

or Scholarships for University Students for4 Years,

or Students Receiving Pell Grants of $6,195 for4 Years,

or311.3 millionChildren Receiving Low-Income Healthcare.

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Politicians tell us we must spend big to keep us safe, but after seeing the way they spend our money on nonessential arms, I don't think anyone is safe.

Don't get me wrong, I'm a firm believer in a safe and secure democracy, all I'm asking is how much does safe cost?

Dwight D. Eisenhower must have asked questions too, because he had this to say, "In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist."
(Farewell Radio and Television Address to the American People, 1/17/61) --- And

"We need an adequate defense, but every arms dollar we spend above adequacy has a long-term weakening effect upon the nation and its security."

 

JE Falcon

11-19-2020 


Submitted: November 17, 2020

© Copyright 2021 JE Falcon aka JEF. All rights reserved.

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Serge Wlodarski

All that money and yet we have over 40,000 homeless vets.

Wed, November 18th, 2020 11:06am

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People just have no idea how stupidly some of this money is spent. ---
$175,000,000 --- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs spent this money to maintain hundreds of buildings that have been vacant for years. I can think of a few ways to use that many vacant buildings.
$2,600,000 --- In 2011, the U.S. spent these millions on “parliamentary strengthening” in Eastern Europe. That basically means we taught them how to balance and follow a budget…now if we could just take a few notes for our own budget.
2,500,000 --- Commercial space is expensive, especially during the Super Bowl. The U.S. Census Bureau bought a 30 second spot to air a commercial that was so terribly produced that the commercial was banned after it aired.
1,800,000 --- Our tax dollars hard at work. Almost $2 million went to create a museum of neon lights in Las Vegas, NV.
***But Wait, There's More! Just Google.

Wed, November 18th, 2020 10:30am

Jeff Bezaire

It's not about safe, it's about intimidation and control.

Wed, November 18th, 2020 8:38pm

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Ah, but the Industrialized Military Complex likes politicians to use the words, "Keeping us safe".

Wed, November 18th, 2020 3:45pm

Bert Broomberg

A very good argument against spending a lot of money on arms. I guess that most younger readers have never heard Eisenhower's speech. It may be they do not even know who he was and what role he played in the world.

Tue, January 12th, 2021 4:14pm

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True, those were the days when politicians occasionally compromised for the good of the country.

Tue, January 12th, 2021 3:37pm

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