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Evaluate War's True Costs, Including Massive Debt

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Have we become a welfare state for the military-industrial complex?  In August, 2018, Congress passed the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) with overwhelming bi-partisan support.  It authorized a whopping $717 BILLION in military expenditures, a $98 Billion increase over the 2017 NDAA.   Only ten senators voted against this bill, and neither of Iowa’s two senators was among the ten.

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If the US faces some threat that requires military action, military contractors ought patriotically volunteer to race to their nation's defense....OR be drafted into service.

Rhetorical question....Do they only defend their families, friends and homeland if PAID to do so?

Not a cent of profit ought be taken from taxpayers and the US Treasury by military contractors. Public taxes would pay basic costs of materials and construction, but, in the case of National Security, no profiteering allowed...and that must also apply to the oil industry which does too well fueling US war planes, ships, subs and facilities. It is grossly intolerable that wars and other conflicts or threats are Good News Profit-Making Opportunities for some of the largest corporate entities.

Do we know if those industries, and their funded friends in government, somehow promote conflicts in order to drum up business? With the Military Contractor Draft, that would not be a question. Indeed, they may well become zealous Anti-War activists....to avoid being drafted.

The Lockheeds and Raytheons, et ilk, might do just fine making energy-efficient public transit vehicles, solar facilities, etc...as long as they make such important things easily affordable to the public. They might make High End Designer handbags...a popular item apparently...and charge as much as they like.

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I have a novel idea - let's listen to Tulsi Gabbard and stop these dollar sucking regime change illegal invasions. Of course there would be jobs lost in the MIC but wouldn't they be made up in infrastructure activities, environmental activities, education where more teachers could be hired, thus reducing class size, could be done, and more.


There's a reason the Presstitute Media Propagandists (PMP) are being silent on Tulsi, she makes too much sense.

Submitted on Monday, Apr 29, 2019 at 9:06:27 AM

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