The next time you hear from politicians or 1%ers that the budget deficit is SO critical, that since there’s such a shortage of money they have no choice but to cut funding for programs that help the poor, working, and middle classes, funding for programs that protect the environment, funding for programs that fix the roads and bridges we all depend on for our safety, funding for education, law enforcement, prisons, etc., we should all respond:
SHAME. ON. YOU!!!
Forget for a moment that the 1% alone is bilking the country of billions and billions of dollars in evaded taxes every year, and consider this obscenity (via Wired):
The most expensive weapons program in U.S. history is about to get a lot pricier.
The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, meant to replace nearly every tactical warplane in the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps, was already expected to cost $1 trillion dollars for development, production and maintenance over the next 50 years. Now that cost is expected to grow, owing to 13 different design flaws uncovered in the last two months by a hush-hush panel of five Pentagon experts. It could cost up to a billion dollars to fix the flaws on copies of the jet already in production, to say nothing of those yet to come.
Sickening that we prioritize preparing for and fighting wars above taking care of the poor, universal health car, educating our kids, securing retiree benefits, etc. It’s downright barbaric!
I mean, come on! Who, exactly, are we afraid of?!
I ask, because we’re constantly told that we have enemies who would like to destroy us and everything we stand for, and yet the next largest military nation, WHOM WE DWARF, is our second largest trade partner, and the other big bad enemy that we hear about most often these days, Iran, spends a meager $7billion annually compared to our whopping $687 billion.
Sadly, I’m reminded of this classic and just how relevant it still is: