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originally posted by: elementalgrove
The reality of this is so absurd that we need a country wide discussion as to the direction we, as a society would like to go! I have always been disgusted by the ludicrous amounts of money we spend on our military, however this takes the cake for it is a single project!
Since they are going to tax us anyways, which income tax being constitutional is debatable, we have a duty to direct which way they spend the money they take from us. There is no excuse to allow our money to be spent on weapons of war when they can be spent on helping all who need help. Which crosses all demographics.
On any given night in 2013, the Department of Housing and Urban Development concluded, there were an estimated 600,000 homeless Americans living on the streets. Numerous studies, however, have showed that rather than putting money into temporary shelters or incarceration, communities have saved millions of dollars by investing in permanent homes for the homeless. A recent report showed that in one Florida community, it cost taxpayers an estimated $30,000 to take the homeless off the streets through traditional methods, but only around $10,000 per person to give them permanent housing and provide job training and other support. Expanding that concept to the Federal level, even taking into account things like varying real estate prices around the country, it’s possible that $7.4 billion would be more than enough to start a program nationwide. With the full amount spent on the F-35 at its disposal, the U.S. could afford to purchase every person on the streets a $664,000 home.
We have to begin demanding change, that is all that there is too it. Our federal government has been out of control for far too long, it is very clear that our politicians have no interest in standing for the people. They are far too busy enjoying the money they get from whichever corporation you would like to list. This goes far beyond partisan politics, we can see that very clearly and this is a shining example of what I am talking about!
Put simply it our responsibility to keep our government in check, that is all, far too many war crimes have been committed in our names and continue to be done. It is not even worth mention these crimes for they are and have been apparent.
With the full amount spent on the F-35 at its disposal, the U.S. could afford to purchase every person on the streets a $664,000 home.
originally posted by: BASSPLYR
a reply to: elementalgrove
There's a lot more going on with the F35 than the public knows about, and neither does the guy who wrote that article. It's not a piece of junk.
originally posted by: VoidHawk
Just imagine how we'd all be living if we didn't have to pay for wars?
Free health care.
Homes for everyone.
Huge amounts of money for sensible research projects.
But no, instead we give it all away to the men who make bombs and then we drop them on ourselves.
What a sick world we live in.
originally posted by: elementalgrove
a reply to: therealone717
I disagree with this for I believe that if we simply worked to a mutual beneficial relationship, which these billions of dollars could be used for, we would all benefit.
originally posted by: groingrinder
This is what happens when the Democrats and Republicans we elect to represent us have defense company stock in their portfolios. STOP ELECTING DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS!! THEY DO NOT REPRESENT US!!
If the US decides to go humanitarian tomorrow and gets rid of it's military you think China and Russia will follow suit? If so you do not see the world at all.
The time has come to take care of our own and let the rest fend for themselves.