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    Bread Or Bombs: Americas Ethical Dilemma


    The United States spends obscene amounts of money on military expenditures annually. In fact, we are so obsessed with national security that nearly half of the entire worlds military spending comes from the US Department of Defense. To place that percentage into proper perspective you have to realize that China, who comes in second place, spends a fraction of that amount, a scant 6.6% to be exact. What does this mean to a struggling economy and its people who are currently bogged down by two wars and also has an antagonistic administration towards both Iran and North Korea? It means that we have some serious ethical questions to ask Uncle Sam...he's got some serious splaining to do.


    Unemployment rates in the US have been steadily hovering around the 9% mark for a couple of years and while experts argue exact amounts, it is likely that this number falls far short of a statistical reality. Those no longer on unemployment, part time workers, or the underemployed are not counted into these convenient estimations and once they are the economic outlook appears much grimmer; nearing the high teens. It is safe to say that we are now in the middle of the worst economic decline since The Great Depression. Those thousands of underprivileged folks in Georgia who needed housing assistance are not some isolated peculiarity of our time, they are representational of it. For every job opening available today, six people are looking for work and perhaps more disturbing still, is the fact that most offered positions pay low wages or no benefits.  As the news media photos began pouring in of Georgia's state workers, sitting propped onto car hoods and trying to pass out housing applications to the desperate hoards of people; I couldn't help but to think about those unfortunate souls that sit on cars during an unexpected natural disaster, such as a flood, only this time, the surrounding crisis was literally our people. 


    You would think that a country on the economic skids would reduce its over bloated military spending and start to funnel money back into its own borders by writing massive job creation bills to stabilize the economy from further decline but, this just isn't the case. The US military spending continues to climb upward, despite our ballooning debt. While it is true that a small manufacturing bill was passed and will likely create some much needed jobs, the massive debt has captured the attention of some of our so called fiscal hawks who are now squawking about needed austerity measures in order to regain control of our free fall from this economic black hole. 


    For those of you not familiar with the code word austerity measure, that roughly translates into one sole idea, the wealthy want to take away the social safety nets at a time when people need them the most and here in the US that specifically means social security. The idea is to keep you paying into a program that you will never be able to use by increasing the age requirements. They are literally gambling on your lifespan. These are the same people who are unwilling to release their own death grip on the tax breaks that Bush gave them during his administration and monies which would add an additional $678 billion dollars back into our coffers. These are the same patriotic folks that have seen an increase in wages by 500%, while the middle class has suffered for over thirty years with stagnant earnings. Once again, they are asking those of you still lucky enough to have a job to man up and foot the bill for the sake of our nation.  


    According to Census data from 2008 without social security benefits an additional 19.8 million Americans would be poor and this is who the wealthy want to target to further tighten a belt? If you haven't figured it out yet, we are in the middle of a class war and our side is losing the battle. While the war machine continues to churn its bile and the wealthy gamble with our money, we are expected to pick up the pieces and keep our mouths shut. The middle class has been stripped of our livelihoods, our homes and our dignity. A great swelling tidal wave is moving against our final meager holdings and their insatiable greed must be met with staunch opposition before we are all swept away into a developing nation status.   



    "Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes … known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few.… No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare". James Madison

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