In the discussion thread: President Obama: War savings should be devoted to middle class, debt [View all]
Response to cal04 (Original post)
Sat May 5, 2012, 11:28 AM
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16. Yeah, a lot of things "should" happen
The question is what sort of political capital the President and his ruling Democrats are willing to expend on following through on their pleasant-sounding rhetoric.
While there isn't really a "dividend" as has been explained elsewhere in the thread, money borrowed to be spent in this country works a lot better than money borrowed to be thrown into the black hole of the military and war in Iraq or Afghanistan (or Yemen, or Pakistan, or The Phillippines, or . . . but I digress). For all our spending in Iraq and Afghanistan, what do we have to show for it? Two ruined countries (although Afghanistan has been pretty ruined for a long time, we sure didn't do squat-ah to help that situation in the last 10 years), a lot of dead people, and a returning military population that's going to cost a lot of money (or not) to take care of for the next 50 years.
What do you get for borrowing and spending money to improve roads? You put a lot of road workers to work, who buy stuff and live their lives, and at the end of it, you get a nice road. Or money spent to build modern schools, wired for the new information age, instead of depending on chalk and erasers? You get a nice new school with a modern physical plant designed to educate our children (I've heard they're our future, but we sure as shit don't seem to take care of them as such), hire teachers and administrators, and prepare them to have a better life than their parents have. We used to do that as a matter of course, but nowadays, you actually have to make a case for educating the next generation! You ever see us have to make a concomitant case for more war?
Those are just two examples; there are lots more. But the question goes back to what our political leaders are willing to do, and willing to stake their careers on: Retrieving the country from the maw of monied interests that profit from misery, or continuing to service those interests because that's who finances their endless campaigns for office.
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Yeah, a lot of things "should" happen
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