Arianna Huffington on Homeland Security
2004 former Independent Challenger for CA Governor
You want Third World thinking? How about North Korea joining the nuclear club while its people starve? Since the fall of the Roman Empire, one of the hallmarks of nations in decline has been increased military spending at the expense of other essential priorities. Think of the Soviets trying to match America, nuclear warhead to nuclear warhead.
Civilizations almost always die from suicide, not by murder. That is, our future is dependent on the choices we make and the things we decide to value.
Today, while America's economy sputters--with more than 26 million people unemployed and underemployed and record numbers of homes being lost to foreclosure--the "guns versus butter" argument isn't even part of the national debate.
"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 not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children."
Noam Chomsky? Bernie Sanders? Nope, it was that unrepentant lefty, five-star general Dwight Eisenhower, in 1953, just a few months after taking office--a time when the economy was booming and unemployment was 2.7%.
Yet today--while America's economy sputters & the middle class struggles to make ends meet--the "guns vs. butter" argument isn't even part of the national debate. Of course, today, the argument might be more accurately framed as "ICBM nukes, Predator drones, and missile defense shields vs. jobs, decent schools, foreclosure prevention, and fixing holes in our social safety net."
Pres. Obama proposed freezing all discretionary government spending for 3 years--but exempted military spending, even though the defense budget has increased by 50% since 2000.
We are not talking about lessening America's national security. We are talking about eliminating or cutting back outdated and redundant military defense programs.
Increased military spending has been a hallmark of nations in decline since the fall of the Roman Empire--including the Soviets matching nuclear warheads and North Korea joining the nuclear club while its people starve. If we don't come to our senses and get our deeply misguided priorities back in order, America could easily join that ignominious list.
While most communities in the U.S. are facing deferred school maintenance bills of tens of millions of dollars, the Coalition Provisional Authority points with an obvious lack of irony to the 1,600 Iraqi schools that have been refurbished since the putative end of hostilities. Schools reopened for business are clearly a symbol of some significance to an administration that is so rhetorically devoted to the cause of education.
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Noam Chomsky (Author and Philosopher)
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