People love to talk about their problems, but none of us have real problems or needs. About 60% of Americans own a computer, which is about the same percentage who are employed. The median income in this country is $66,000/year, yet 13% of Americans fall below the poverty line.After watching “Why We Fight” and listening to Eisenhower’s speach about the millitary-industrial complex, I can’t help but hear his list in my head:
Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But now we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense; we have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security more than the net income of all United States corporations.
This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.
Instead of spending money on war we could have done so many other great things. (Check out the National Priorities website to see what we could have done instead of spending money on the war in Iraq.)