The Sequestration does not apply to bombs in Syria, but American schools are closed, police escort children to school, state employee pensions are raided, teachers are fired, and hundreds of millions of tax dollars are handed over to billionaires and multinational mega-corporations in every state. Food and care for the poor, disabled, the elderly, school children, veterans, and the mentally ill are cut and cut again. Medicare is declared unaffordable. The list goes on and on.
Whatever the political reasons for or against bombing Syria are not part of this argument. Let’s focus narrowly on what we must sacrifice and suffer daily. Please remember that every time we see one little “Boom-poof!” in the footage of drone or missile explosions, over a million dollars of American tax money is burned away. In the first Iraq War each Patriot Missile that exploded was $1.1 million dollars per burst. The price has gone up since then – mightily. Remember the footage, hour after hour, of Boom-poof-hurrahs? $$$$$$$$$
So to keep the argument simple and limited to American dollars, why is the self-inflicted austerity program, euphemistically called Sequestration, lifted for airline companies, munitions manufacturers (defense contractors and other profiteers), and yet another war of choice as we all suffer our present deprivations?
Yes, there are severe deprivations. Here are a few examples. YOU can fill in more examples from your own states.
Looking like a war torn third world nation after fifty schools were closed, Chicago police escort frightened children on their daily walks to and from school. The highly praised and propagandized “Safe Zone” signs are the exact sites of over four murders since they were installed. Success is measured when the murders occurred not at the times when escorts were in attendance. Read HERE.
Aside from firing a few thousand experienced and successful teachers for lack of funds, the attack against teachers continues in Chicago itself as well as throughout the state. By bashing and punishing the most experienced teachers as well as those who already retired after decades of dedicated service, the “chilling” of present and future teachers shifts into high gear. Who would choose a career dedicated to teaching that promises abuse and destitution? Read about the pillaging of the Chicago pensions fund (underfunding) HERE and both city and state level theft HERE.
Read HERE about the hyped substitution of pension coverage at a national level that fails to deliver any actual safe form of financial stability to anyone – anyone except the fund managers who profit enormously. They are guaranteed profits – by law.
The so-called education reformers who are actually the newly created Corporate Education Industrial Complex are not philanthropists or education experts. They are, however, superb at legally stealing tax dollars by the hundreds of millions per state and the billions of dollars nationwide. Los Angeles alone got whacked for over $100 million dollars merely for some overlooked computers and keyboards that still won’t be enough to allow access to mandated state tests. It may total $1 billion. Read HERE.
On a national level here is a trail of legalized theft by education reformers that seems too bizarre by any standards of even Banana Republic behavior. Read HERE.
“Legalized” theft? When legislators and elected leaders claim lack of funding as they hand millions of dollars to campaign contributors, cronies and others with connections, that is horrible enough. In Illinois, imagine an ex-attorney general (Ty Fahner) who works for a private club of billionaires and multimillionaires admitting aloud before a camera that he and other connected club members called Moody’s and Standard & Poors to lower bond ratings to force a political “pension solution” even though the lowering would cost taxpayers extra hundreds of millions to pay for the downgrade. Read HERE.
Now, about those bombs in Syria. What the hell is going on with this country? The corruption and pillage is so gross and obvious, we must realize that the two party system is rotted throughout. (Illinois and Chicago are the bluest of gerrymandered blue states with Democrats enacting Republican Tea Party legislation written by ALEC.) First, let’s call it corruption. Second, stop with the million dollar bombs for purely monetary American reasons. Third, spread the word and let others know about the scams and corruption. Fourth, elect people who support public schools and sane treatment of people of all ages. Now, go find them by uniting, organizing and acting.
(OK. Now you can all argue about other humane issues that go hand in hand with war and the indiscriminate death from the air of innocents in a civil war half way around the world.)