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FINDING REAL WASTE

The commercial broadcasting network, NBC, is emphasizing education and the problems facing the U.S. as it sees its performance dwindle compared to the social democracies in Europe and elsewhere.  It is easy to place simple blame on a complex problem.  I agree that parts of the problem are underfunded education budgets, selfish teachers' unions, lack of parental attention, etc.  And there are endless debates about all these things.  But what about another drain on education?   Let's look at where our priority really is...

"The U.S. has a population of over 300 million in a world of nearly 7 trillion people, 4% of the world's population, yet accounts for over 41% of officially acknowledged worldwide government military spending.  The U.S. has the world's second largest [reported] military with 1,445,000 active duty personnel, with an additional 1.2 million National Guard and other components.  The War Department also has over 800,000 civilian employees worldwide.  The Pentagon has over 3.5 million people excluding private military contractors, and a current military and war budget exceeding 1.1 trillion dollars.  The U.S. sells or gives its military weaponry to nearly 2/3 of the world's nations accounting for 68.4% of the global arms sales.  The U.S. has established its control over at least 191 governments and has over 700 military bases on foreign soil; and 12,000 nuclear weapons."  -Informationclearinghouse, published in "The Catholic Agitator" of 2/10/10.  [And believe me, there are many, many more personnel involved in the U.S. military regime]

It seems to confuse us when we realize we are the richest nation in the world, and yet our standard of living has been decreasing since the 1980s, war corporation profits are soaring, we hold thousands of prisoners without ever charging them, we have lower life expectancy than any other major industrialized nation, we fall far down the list of happiest nations, our poor health care is costing us more than any other nation, jobs are moving overseas, our cities are crumbling, and the future of the U.S. looks bleaker and bleaker.  Do you see any coorelation between the quote above and our malaise of the past several decades?  Is the world safer for all of our military "behemoth"?  And what has all this done to the way the world's view of the United States has fallen lower and lower for decades? 

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