While the foundations of this nation crumble, the pennies we earn feed the insatiable appetite of our (inter)national death machine. Desensitized by the headlines parading our lack of funds for life necessities, we witness budget cuts for schools, tuition hikes for higher learning, underfunded public transportation, eroding infrastructure, an increase in the cost of living, and a shortening list of jobs giving living wages...We're denied our benefits and basic access to nourishment while Military & "Defense" (War) spending reaches an all time high... "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.
This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some fifty miles of concrete pavement. We pay for a single fighter with a half-million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people. . . . This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron." - President Dwight Eisenhower
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