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For $178 Million, the US Could Pay for One Fghter Plane – or 3,358 Years of College


For $178 Million, the US Could Pay for One Fghter Plane – or 3,358 Years of College

Peter Van Buren

Does free college threaten our all-volunteer military? That is what Benjamin Luxenberg, on the military blog War on the Rocks says. But the real question goes beyond Luxenberg's practical query, striking deep into who we are and what we will be as a nation.


Instead of reporting Lockheed, Boeing, Raytheon among so many others, making billions in armaments, from my perspective, what is needed is for the people in these war profiteering, corporations to be exposed. They have hidden behind their war profiteering corporate veil for too long, so in my opinion, what is needed is to expose the majority stockholders and other people, making huge profits in the war racket, in these war profiteering corporations.


The Owners aren't interested in an educated populace; if anything, that's to their detriment.


"...corporate veil..."
This is a primary privilege accorded to those within a corporation who wish to exploit it.
The corporation is an artificial entity, created out of thin air. So too, then, the corporate veil.
Yet the power that some have taken from this artificial creation is slowly destroying the planet. It's as if some corporations are akin to asteroids. We are presently helpless before them.


Peter, Let's expose one myth. From whom are we 'defending' ourselves.? Is there an enemy out there ? Has any country save Israel attacked America? The 911 false flag was not even ascribed to any 'country'. I guess if the govt fable is to be given credence, Saudi Arabia would be the culprit. Jill Stein would cut the MIC by 50%.More would like a 75% slash. The MSM/CIA/MIC creates enemies. War is a racket and WE are the greatest purveyors of violence in the world. MLK said this in 1967 and it's only gotten worse.


If we cut our defense budget by one half ($300 billion dollars) we would still be spending more then the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th countries on the planet combined spend on defense.


Unfortunately, sooooo true! Thanks.


Bingo! Like I have posted before: If the U.S.A. had no enemies, they would have to manufacture them in order to keep up the demand for the war profiteers business supplies...AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT THEY DO!


I think the basis of the problem of high costs at that colleges and universities is that state taxpayers aren't willing to pay as much as they used to so generally state budgets for the schools have been relatively reduced. State tax payers are also paying for a large part of the bill for K-1-12 education and that money is also generally insufficient. Basically it comes down to how much state taxpayers are willing to pay for education. Should the federal government get more involved? The main financial role of the federal government is loans and grants for higher education. Obama has proposed free tuition for community college for many or most students but that hasn't seem to gone anywhere. Many students who borrow for college can pay back their loans so for many the system works. It has turned out to be an excellent investment. It should also be noted that when it comes to higher education US schools are generally superior to those in other countries so better professors and better facilities are going to cost more. Most students who attend US colleges and universities are getting a better education. People from around the world are trying to get into US colleges and universities. Probably a concern is that free tuition would result in cost cutting and inferior schools. It might be better to pay more and get more. These are decisions that have to be made.


When the Golden rule is "them with the gold makes the (tax) rules", how can we have progressive taxation?
Unless all the people make the laws, how can we have economic democracy?

Direct democracy


Just checked the Priority list for the average American and Jet fighters scores much higher than an educated debt free populace. The bankers love wars and student debt.


The F-35 is a colossal failure while your at it, a cost of $1.5 trillion over 55 years, over the life of the program (CNBC). Have you seen the new battle ships? Trillions of dollars of wasted money. Don't forget Obama's mini-nukes, trillion plus dollars wasted. Also, Paul Ryan wants to slash (destroy) Pell Grants. Does not leave much left over for higher Ed. We already know what the billionaire assholes ( Bill Gates, etc.) are doing to K-12 public schools, ripping the public school kids off. What is important in Washington D.C.? Not tuition free, higher Education!


Here is another touch of military vs. civilian expenditure. How many big grain combines can you buy for the price of one tank? seniorjunior.blogspot


What a terrible idea, depriving the defense contractors of their lavish profiteering just to ensure that common people have an equal chance at an education. How could any any sane capitalist American suggest such an abhorrent stricture? When everyone knows that without machines of war the USA would have to treat other nations as if their people actually meant something, had value. Clearly the author of this ludicrous article has no idea just how important are the wages of fear and aggression, because any country where these two elements are not the first concern is likely to listen to the voices of average people. Next thing you know, those feeble-minded morons would opt for public health care instead of wanting to feel proud of a brand new nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. It makes me shudder. Don't get me started on UAVs; drones are our future, both in the air and sitting in Congress. The previous satirical conceptualization was the result of too many sleepless nights spent listening to Rush Limbaugh


How many boxes of food and tarps for shelter for America's poor?

Of course free higher ed to all who are capable to doing the course work is a threat. At the least, this could put poor people on equal footing with middle classers in the competition for jobs, and we simply don't have jobs for all.


Maybe those failed battleships could be converted into shelter for the homeless and low wage workers? This would at least give them a chance (can't get a job without a home address, phone, etc.).


Our Country's leaders just seem to keeping bad choices. When this Country falls, the 1% will just leave and ruin another country for their greed. Corporations are already doing it and many of our congress have dual citizenship's which tells the story.


Oh when, oh when will the good citizens of America, finally gain the insight and strength to stand up to the world-wide destructive, murdering, monster in our midst: the military-industrial-surveillance complex?

This article reminds me of a speech, well known by many commentators here on CD, from the man who first coined the term 'MIC' in a televised speech on his last day on office.

Here he gave another speech where he talks about the cost of the military, given just after Stalin's death 'A Chance for Peace', from the speech:

"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.

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. The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some fifty miles of concrete pavement. We pay for a single fighter plane with a half million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people.

This is, I repeat, the best way of life to be found on the road the world has been taking. This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron."


Public Education is an investment for the future.

A National Health Service is an investment for the future.

It's that simple, US of A. Do you want a future?