American Prosperity Versus the Pentagon Budget Sinkhole

by | Oct 1, 2021 | Money Over People, Politics & Corruption, Quick Facts

A U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit flying over the Pacific Ocean in May 2006

American Prosperity Versus the Pentagon Budget Sinkhole

by | Oct 1, 2021 | Money Over People, Politics & Corruption, Quick Facts

A U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit flying over the Pacific Ocean in May 2006
The return on investment from the Pentagon budget is death. Investing in people sounds like a much better deal. Unless of course some military, pharma, insurance or oil lobbyist is paying your freight.

According to Republican Members of Congress, and some Democrats—think Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema—the reason we can’t afford things like healthcare, education and generally ensuring the prosperity of the American people is that we supposedly need a huge military budget.

The knock-down fight right now in Congress comes down to this “budget conflict.” Of course it is stated in different terms, but lets face it, the Pentagon budget is nearly three times what is spent by the Chinese, the next biggest budget in the world. It is nearly 40 percent of our annual national expenditures.

And what is this money being spent on? The image at the top is just one line item: the B2 Spirit stealth bomber. The price tag? Over $2 billion PER PLANE! That’s right. Each one of these flying death machines costs that.

Now the $2 billion sticker price of the B2 is just one cost. This does not include ordnance and operating costs. You’ll love this one. The B2 is projected to cost $135,000 PER HOUR to fly. These are not my numbers. This comes from a GAO report.

We throw numbers like millions, billions and trillions around a lot these days. Let’s give this a little perspective. If an average person were to spend $500 per day, he would need 500 years to spend $1 billion.

Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

We have been flushing money on this aircraft and its development since 1993—and this is far from the only Pentagon boondoggle. At current levels the US defense budget over a 10-year term will spend more than two times the proposed $3.5 trillion dollar human infrastructure proposal being crafted by Congress—and being vehemently opposed by fossil fuel, pharma, healthcare and other vested interests.

We need a radical shift in the priorities of what this country invests in. We’re spending more money on death than any other country in the world. Isn’t it time we invest in the actual lives of Americans? The return on investment from the Pentagon budget is death. Investing in people sounds like a much better deal. Unless of course some military, pharma, insurance or oil lobbyist is paying your freight.

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Follow Us

Related Articles

Feb 03 2023

Private Medicare Advantage Plans That Stole Money From Medicare Are Being Allowed to Keep It

In a dizzying display of twisted “logic,” the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are not requiring repayments of funds stolen through rampant...
Feb 02 2023

Profiteering Nursing Home Owners Grabbed Cash During the Pandemic While Their Residents Deteriorated

Owners of multiple nursing homes operated as virtual slumlords, neglecting buildings, staffing and patient care all the while paying themselves and their families...
Feb 01 2023

Ethics Concerns at the Supreme Court: Roberts’ Wife Is the Latest Flap

The wife of Chief Justice John Roberts, like insurrectionist Ginni Thomas, apparently has been utilizing her position of being “married to the Court” for...
Scott Jenkins, sheriff of Culpeper County, Va., is one of a large number of so-called ‘constitutional sheriffs’ in the U.S. Eva Hambach/AFP via Getty Images
Jan 31 2023

Barrier to Gun Control: The Delusional Authority of Constitutional Sheriffs

The Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association has spent more than a decade actively recruiting and training sheriffs to believe that their office is more...
Jan 30 2023

More George Santos: His Top Donors Don’t Seem to Exist

The burners under the pot of questions and investigations surrounding the lies and possible crimes of George Santos appear to have been turned up full blast.
Jan 29 2023

GOP House Goes Big on Hiring Big Oil Lobbyists for Staff Positions

It’s no surprise that Big Oil is infiltrating the halls of Congress after spending millions to elect some of the most extreme legislators in American...
Jan 27 2023

Chevron Follows Up Massive Price Gouging With a Massive Stock Buyback

Chevron’s announcement came as they and other big oil producers are set to announce a record $199 billion in collective 2022 profits, 50% higher than the previous...
Jan 25 2023

Election Denial Has Been a Lucrative Business for Kari Lake

Kari Lake raised over $2.5 million after her election loss, but less than 10% of her post-election spending went to lawyers.
Jan 25 2023

Your Money or Your Life: The Travesty of America’s Healthcare System

Universal healthcare is not that complicated. But the people who promote its perceived complexity are the same people who are creating that complexity—for their own...
Jan 24 2023

New Brett Kavanaugh Documentary Hopes to Spark a Full Investigation

A surprise documentary about Brett Kavanaugh reveals disturbing new evidence of misconduct by Kavanaugh and his associates surrounding the right-wing justice’s...
Subscribe for Updates!

Subscribe for Updates!

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from our team.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This