Beware of the Military-Industrial Complex!
Dwight David Eisenhower, 1959.
Let's talk about that for a minute, because it very relevant to today's America! When you look back in time, we have reached a point since that statement was uttered where we have basically been in a continuous state of war. Why is this?
Why is there always conflict somewhere around the globe at any given time? Because it's good for business and making more millions.
Who cares if soldiers die, other than their families?
Who cares about the collateral damage of civilian casualties?
Plain and simple, it's about jobs!
Aircraft manufacturers, munitions manufacturers, ship builders, missile manufacturers, drone makers, military suppliers like Halliburton, who made billions. My list can go on and on! The way they stay in business is that they purposely built plants in every Congressional district, so that they have Congressmen and women beholden to them for jobs. Just try to close an airbase that is no longer needed or a military base that can be consolidated into another!
Among many others, the Defense Industry owns Congress and the Pentagon just got about 30 billion dollars that it has nothing to spend on and can't set aside for the future. The military takes up about 60% of our entire budget! Think about that for a minute. 60 %
Those are your dollars, and they are being spent to prop up an industry of death. We already have more nukes than we will ever need, yet some idiot wants more. We already have the largest military in the world, why do we keep spending and keep building. JOBS! We have lost much in the manufacturing sector that has been off-shored! And that was all about money and profit margins for multi-national corporations and hedge funds!
We have a great opportunity to bring many jobs back to this country in solar, wind, electric vehicles, but we do not have the ability to get around lobbyists for the fossil fuel industry and we don't have politicians with the vision or backbone to look for better solutions, because they won't get those contributions from heavy-hitting donors!
There is so much wrong with our priorities and policies, I have no idea where it's going to end, but maybe with this as a start, we can at least think about it!
Believe me, thinking is sometimes like rolling a snowball uphill. You can only touch the surface, and it keeps getting bigger and heavier!