“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.”
President Dwight D. Eisenhower April 16, 1953
Y’all, just thought I’d post this friendly reminder. Once upon a time it was not just the left-wing peaceniks who recognized that the “military-industrial complex” (Eisenhower’s term) represents the most inefficient and unproductive segment of the nation’s economy. The fact remains that such unproductive, inefficient economic activity is hugely profitable for those who are in control of it — especially because the tab is paid by unquestioning taxpayers. But military hardware grows no food.
Imagine with me what twelve billion dollars a month — the amount we are now told is being spent in Iraq — would produce if devoted to health care, low income and workforce housing, research for alternative energy sources, food production, medical research, disaster relief. Oh, but how the voices would howl that we can’t afford such things!
Ike, what has become of us?