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We Can't Bomb Our Way to Better Schools


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We Can't Bomb Our Way to Better Schools

Rivera Sun

"A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death."—Dr. King

From the left and the right, policy proposals are flying fast and furious. It is an election year, after all. But one topic is completely off the agenda from both sides of the party line: decreasing military spending.

Today's political candidates are universally unwilling to discuss the military budget, overseas aggression, nuclear weapons, militarism, or imperialism—except to recommend more of it.


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Good article, Ms. Sun. Military spending, and the attitudes behind it are tearing the world apart - literally. You asked the big question: How do we change it?

While there are all sorts of comments and ideas about grass--roots activism at the local level, such as getting progressives on school boards and planning commissions, those are means that take many years.
We don't have many years.

IMHO, we need to take a birds-eye view of this - there are so many deficits in society that are created by the obsession with all things military, that we can no longer afford to address them one at a time.

Somehow, as Yanis V. called out in his recent article, we need to go GLOBAL to make these changes. There are very many of us. Imagine if we could undertake a Bernie-type revolution (without the sell-out) that reached across boarders... Something to think about.


#3

The billions diverted from civilian priorities to military are an obscenity as Rivera Sun writes. The enormity of the diversion has grown under R'Con and Democratic presidents and Congressional majorities, all beholden to the MICC war-machine and arms manufacturer "jobs" in every Congressional district.
http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/for_the_us_theres_no_business_like_the_arms_business_20160730

Propaganda and ads touting and lauding the massive growth of military forces is over the top - except for care of vets - military spending an outrage: "at least 137 military bands" an example - "upward of $430 million a year goes for military musicians' instruments, uniforms and travel expenses" - foreign "aid" admitted and hidden, plus "forgiven" loans to our "special ally" another - in the neighborhood of 100 billion over the years. http://www.hotpolitics.com/tax4israel.htm

These examples and numerous others show the extent of the diversions from civilian priorities - like education and universal health care - to military and profits to connected manufacturers and suppliers!

The words of Dr King bear repeating:
"A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death."

As well as these others:
"We as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values" Martin Luther King Jr.


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I think this image speaks for itself


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The Federal Government can pay both without any problem, theoretically. It is Monetary Sovereign. that is, it can buy any and every debt the government faces, without risk of going broke.
It cannot go broke in its own dollars. So the bills that come in for the military can be paid very simply by the fed adding to military accounts in reserve banks at the fed. The fed acn do the same for education expenses, any and all of them. The Fed is not to blame. It is the politicians who are to blame!
100%!!! Don't vote such politicians into office,. If you do it's your own fault


#8

Thanks Rivera Sun, Just a thought. Millions of ordinary Americans are in church on Sunday, and sometimes on Wednesday, too. We reach these people with Rivera Sun's message, or something like. Many are desperate for some peace, love, and understanding, and all they are getting is Franklin Graham, John Hagee, and Ted Cruz's Dad's hate the Muslim, the gays, bomb, bomb, bomb speech. The Age of Aquarius is upon us. You Tube, the Fifth Dimension's," Aquarius/Let the Sunshine in," sing it, sing it out loud, sing it with someone you just met, but just sing it. It will make you feel good inside, and just maybe it will spread, and bring the joy back into people's lives who have been hurting for far to long. Peace, Love!


#9

In her excellent article, Rivera Sun asks, "At the end of our endless wars, what are we defending?" The answer is simple, the obscene profits of the multi-national corporations.


#10

Complex issues, but the bottom line is that it's pretty much a lost cause as long as we refuse to legitimately address our poverty crisis. And that's not going to happen. As budgets continue to be drained by ongoing corporate tax cuts, war and prisons, and US corporations continue shutting down and shipping out jobs, the US has made itself largely unsustainable. This indicates that collapse of the US itself is likely. "Better schools" will not be at the top of our list of urgent concerns.


#11

So why can't we aid our very poor? Our primary former welfare program, AFDC, used a mere 6% of the federal budget at its highest (1970s), yet this is the one expenditure that Americans found intolerable.


#12

Make work programs are only useful if they are making roads, schools and hospitals. Making weapons of war robs every single one of us not only financially but morally and spiritually as well.


#21

I teach Econ. We were speaking about discretionary, which means it can be changed and is not mandated by law, that's all.