$2 Trillion

Let’s take Trump at his tweeting word that, as he claims, the United States has just spent $2 Trillion on military equipment that he will not hesitate to use as he threatens to attack 52 sites in Iran, including some of its cultural sites (a war crime by the way).

When you are drowning in medical debt, struggling to pay your student loans, can’t afford your prescriptions, and deciding which utilities you can do without for a few days so your family can eat; remember we just spent $2 Trillion on military equipment.

The $2 Trillion that Trump says we just spent on military equipment would pay for 25 years of eliminating tuition at all public colleges and universities.

For just $81 billion, we could eliminate all current medical debt in the United States.

The $2 Trillion Trump said we just spent on military equipment is a little less than half of the total amount of money experts say is needed to convert to a 100% renewable energy economy by 2030.

With the $2 Trillion Trump said we just spent on military equipment, we could fully fund the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for 29.4 years.

Imagine how much we could shore up programs like Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare if we infused $2 Trillion into them as fast as we spend money on weapons of war.

One is reminded of the words of Tupac – “They got money for wars but can’t feed the poor.” And as President Eisenhower said shortly after the death of Joseph Stalin, “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.”

At the end of his presidency, Eisenhower warned us all of the dangerous and ever growing power of the military industrial complex. He understood all too well the economics and politics of war.

When you spend $2 Trillion on military equipment, you have to use it. How else can you justify spending the next $2 Trillion?

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About Mark Y. A. Davies

Mark Davies is the Wimberly Professor of Social and Ecological Ethics and Director of the World House Institute for Social and Ecological Responsibility at Oklahoma City University. He is the Executive Director of the Leadership, Education, and Development (LEaD) Hub North America of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church and an Oklahoma Humanities State Scholar. Mark has published in the areas of Boston personalism, process philosophy and ethics, and ecological ethics. Dr. Davies serves on the United Methodist University Senate, which is “an elected body of professionals in higher education created by the General Conference to determine which schools, colleges, universities, and theological schools meet the criteria for listing as institutions affiliated with The United Methodist Church.” He and his wife Kristin live in Edmond, OK in the United States, and they have two daughters. The views expressed by the author in this blog do not necessarily represent the views of Oklahoma City University or the United Methodist Church.
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1 Response to $2 Trillion

  1. MomzillaNC says:

    “When you are drowning in medical debt, struggling to pay your student loans, can’t afford your prescriptions, and deciding which utilities you can do without for a few days so your family can eat; remember we just spent $2 Trillion on military equipment.”

    My sentiments precisely.

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