War as economic stimulus: Who wins?



War costs a lot of money.  Who is getting paid?  According to @natpriorities every hour, taxpayers in the United States are paying $32.08 million for the total cost of wars since 2001.

Here we go again. Trump is demanding more money for military spending. It is a top priority. It is not surprising.

Saber rattling and warmongering are the prologues for the Republican go-to economic stimulus strategy: war.  The campaign is about to kick into high gear in yet another Republican administration.

Former President, Dwight D. Eisenhower said, “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.” In other words defense contractors, makers of guns, bullets, tanks and roads to nowhere get wealthier, and a whole lot of other people here and abroad get poorer, broken, starved and dead.

We are talking about billions of dollars.  What could those billions do here at home?  What if we used it to support domestic priorities?  Might we improve our crumbling roads and bridges? What about our underpaid teachers and caretakers of the old, infirm and our children? Could we possibly raise the pay of those who care for the most vulnerable among us?  Investing a fraction of what the U.S. spends on war could end increasing rates of homelessness.  It could permanently fix the V.A.

Job numbers are going up but pay, and investment in job training are not.  Thousands of well-paying U.S.  jobs go unfilled by Americans every day.  Why?  The U.S. workforce does not have the skills to fill them.  Investing in equipping the U.S. labor force with high-demand job skills could remedy that.  Instead, we allow corporations to import high-skilled, immigrant (yes, immigrants) workers from around the world.

Where are we, U.S. citizens on the Trump administration’s priority list? Nowhere.


#CostOfWar #WhatAboutUs #ItsDomesticPrioritiesStupid #