Wednesday, June 22, 2011

American Imperialism is STILL bankrupting us.

This is a stunning little article.

Think Progress
The $113 Billion Hole:
Ten Things America Gave Up This Year To Pay For The War In Afghanistan
By Zaid Jilani on Jun 18, 2011 at 6:45 pm

...Using data from the National Priorities Project, ThinkProgress calculated ten investments America could’ve afforded if it didn’t spend $113 billion — the allotment made in Fiscal Year 2011 — on the war in Afghanistan. Each one of these policy options represents an equivalent $113 billion cost:

– Provide 57.5 Million Children With Low-Income Health Care For 2011

– Provide 23 Million People With Low-Income Health Coverage In 2011

– Give 20.2 Million $5,500 Pell Grants To Students In 2011

– Provide 14.35 million Military Veterans With VA Medical Care In 2011

– Give 14.7 million Children Head Start Funding In 2011

– Give 14.26 Million Scholarships To University Students In 2011

– Employ 1.93 million Firefighters In 2011

– Hire 1.75 Million Elementary School Teachers In 2011

– Hire 1.65 Million Police Officers In 2011

– Equip 67.8 Million Households With The Ability To Use Wind Power In 2011

– Equip 25.39 Million Households With The Ability To Use Solar Photovoltaic Energy In 2011 ...


American cannot afford to give away the millions of dollars being spent on the military-industrial complex, nor can we afford to give away the lives of the national guardsmen and women who should be HERE, policing our own borders and helping our own citizens rebuild after devastating floods and storms.

We simply cannot generate enough federal taxes on mcwally-wort wages.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Americans are going to have to choose what's important to us. Either we continue attempting to steal resources from other nations at gunpoint, continue to ram unsustainable western economic imperialism down the throats of people in other countries, and continue to earn the enmity of other cultures with our high-handed arrogance...

...OR...

...we take care of our own citizen's needs.

WE CANNOT AFFORD TO DO BOTH.

And the Republicans with their Tea-partier nutcase allies intend to throw children, the disabled, seniors, the poor and the unemployed under the bus to continue with their pipe-dreams of military conquest and continual plunder of the world's resources.

Aside from the fact that it is simply unethical and immoral to continue pretending that the western materialistic consumer mentality is sustainable even for the US, much less the rest of the world, it is unethical and immoral in the extreme to leave US citizens without a functional social safety net so the delusional Robber Barons can continue to exploit people on the cheap.

All the tyrannical despots in the oppressed countries of the third world have to do is WAIT. It's a game of chicken we CAN'T WIN. We will be bankrupt and in our own lovely dysfunction of forced austerity measures before long - due to mostly to runaway military spending over the past two decades, not due to social services. We have borrowed money to fight wars, not to provide unemployment benefits and social security checks to the elderly. That's the ugly truth.

National Priorities Project
The Cost of War
Updates daily

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001:
$1,210,645,000,000

Cost of War in Iraq:
$784,309,000,000

Cost of War in Afghanistan:
$426,335,000,000


That's a total of One Trillion, Two Hundred Ten Billion, Six Hundred Forty Five Million dollars...PLUS:

The costs of physically building, maintaining and operating all 700+ military bases outside the US...PLUS:

The costs of all the equipment, armaments, etc. at all of these bases...PLUS:

The costs of paying wages and benefits to both the civilian contractors AND the American military forces stationed on those bases...PLUS:

The costs of transportation, fuel, supplies, etc. for all those people on all those bases...PLUS:

The cash/economic aid and "favors" that we PAY some nations to allow us to use the bases...PLUS:

The ill will of the various peoples around the globe who resent our presence, for very good economic and cultural reasons.

And the result of these COSTS are dead young Americans and a grand total of tens of trillions of dollars down the tubes.

WE CANNOT AFFORD IT. We never could, actually, before. But now the situation is dire. Either we take care of our own citizens or we continue to throw tens of trillions of dollars down the military-industrial complex rathole.

When will this stop? When the American people stand up and tell Congress in no uncertain terms that we do not intend to be bankrupted by American imperialism - that we want secure borders and a functional social safety net.

Until then, we will continue to be bled dry by greedy bloodsucking Robber Barons who are the only ones who benefit from the killing and the exploitation we "win" in its wake. Meanwhile, US citizens will die in poverty for lack of basic human necessities, while our tax dollars are used to buy weapons for imperial conquest.

We can't pay for both. Which do you want? Make up your mind now, because if you don't, the Robber Barons will make it up for you. And they're going to choose to enrich themselves, obviously, not take care of you or your parents and children.

America is bankrupt. And like all other bankrupt entities, American now has to decide what is important. To the powers that be, neither your life nor US soldier's lives are important. Only control of resources, profit and power are important - to them.

And to you, apparently, if you say and do nothing to change things.

No comments: