A recent poster wailing about how people only trash America on Craigslist missed the point. For one thing, all that drivel about how America rushes in to help the poor and starving everywhere else is just plain wrong. America spends far less as a percentage of its GNP than any of our European allies, scandalously less as a matter of fact. We don't help out where we could, we merely exploit wherever we can and a great deal of the aid we do supply comes from private sources. The American government not only fails to lead the way in helping the rest of the world, we are the sources of their problems in many cases, through globalization, massive exploitation and corporate greed.
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I, for one, choose to bash America on this board because I am disgusted with the priorities of our government and by cutting and pasting the work of others I hope to help people understand that things must change and that it is up to us to change them. Recent estimates I have read suggest that for $13 billion we could provide health coverage for every child in America, but we don't. For $25 billion we could feed and house all the homeless, but we don't. For $150 billion we could provide a free college education for every American citizen, but we don't. For half a trillion or so, which we could afford, we could practically eradicate disease, hunger and poverty in the entire world, but we don't.
What we do is spend $400 billion on high-tech weaponry that gets used on innocent civilians in pursuit of making the world safe for investments of the corporations that own our government. The current budget allocates over $200 billion in the next 5 years to build a new generation of F-22 fighter aircraft, when the current F-18 is so far and away superior to everything that exists or is even on the drawing board anywhere else in the world that is it ludicrous to go forward with new and improved versions. We have no enemies that can pose a real military threat as it is. We have unquestioned air superiority in every military theatre in the world, yet we are spending the money that could feed, clothe and educate the world on a new generation of bigger and better weapons to kill them instead. Why? Because our unelected government leaders have a personal financial stake in the military industrial complex, that's why.
The US is hated and reviled throughout the world for one simple reason: everyone knows we are the richest nation on earth and instead of accepting our obligation to make the world a better place for everyone we choose to spend all our wealth on military muscle to keep them in their place, suffering and dying so the wealthy elite who run things in this country can live it up.
It's time we all wake up and smell the coffee. It's time to take back our country from the corporate pigs who have stolen it from us. And posting information that reveals what is really going on is the first step in making people aware of it.
I love this country. I want to see it do the right thing.