Posted 5 years ago on Nov. 26, 2011, 5:12 p.m. EST by yourservant
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Suggested OCCUPY platform plank: substantial cuts to military spending.
ONE missile can cost as much as a million dollars.
North Carolina's bill for the Afghan and Iraq wars would pay for 4 years of college for every incoming freshman - for approximately the next ninety-five years (costofwar.com).
The US is six trillion dollars in the red, and we are told there's no money for "liberal" schemes to provide better education, or to update the social safety net, or to put people to work on infrastructure projects?
Where were all these self-styled "fiscal conservatives" when we sent troops to Iraq and Afghanistan?
Wm. D. Nordhaus (Sterling Prof. of Economics at Yale) warned of serious economic damage in his brilliantly perspicacious "The Economic Consequences of a War with Iraq," an essay published by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in early 2002 - but few were listening.
And what have we gained by activating our killing machines and our "nation building"? True friends in the region? Peace and stability? Economic strength? Domestic growth?
Now, I'm not convinced that a protest against greed (a common human frailty) is any more tenable than a war on terror (a feeling). But a major part of the dangerously destabilizing imbalance of wealth that we face stems from the military-industrial complex (see Eisenhower's comments, and many others here) and its undue influence in Congress. Note that most investments have been a bumpy ride over this past decade, but I see that Halliburton is doing fine. I'll leave it to others to address how regulation might come into play, perhaps as another plank, but surely a leaner military is a sane suggestion.