To those of you who supported the extra billions and billions in money for the defense budget, some questions …
How much is going directly to new gear for the troops in our never ending conflicts?
How much of it is going to training for the troops here?
How much is going to caring for the vets who return?
How much of that funding is going to the healthcare of the returning vets? How much is going for research into new prosthetics for wounded vets? How much is going to research better hearing and vision aides? How much is going to new research in burn care? How much funding is going to physical therapy programs? How much is going to psychological therapy and PTSD counseling?
How much of that money is going to housing for vets with no home when they return? How much is going to caring for the overwhelming portion of our nation’s homeless who are mentally disabled vets? How much of that money is going to job training for vets with a lack of marketable skills?
After you’ve done that ask yourself these questions:
How much of that money is going towards continuation of the never ending conflicts, creating more disabled vets? Conflicts that can’t be “won”, create thousands of dead and disabled vets, and damage our standing as a nation in the world?
How much of that money is going to building of weapons, weapons our troops never see, that we sell to other nations for the profit of the defense companies?
How much of that money is going directly to a select few pockets as profit?
I am 100% in favor of spending what it takes to properly equip and care for our troops. My point here? That is NOT where the money will go and that’s a problem for me.