Why “+” in Price?
The U.S. spends over half a trillion dollars a year on defense. The Iraq War alone has cost over $2 trillion. The Pentagon is responsible for billions in “black book” spending, loses millions in typos, and is held totally unaccountable. The examples go on. Suffice it to say: it all adds up.
Meanwhile, we regularly see politicians who push for things like free higher education, or food assistance programs, or subsidized healthcare labeled as unrealistic and foolish.
When over half of our federal spending goes to War, those things do seem like pipe dreams. But if we reprioritized our spending, we’d see that free education, food, healthcare, and more — free everything — is far more within reach than we realize.
Hell, we could have almost funded Universal Basic Income for a year in the U.S. for what we spent on the development of one fighter jet.
Or to put it another way…
“War replaced with free everything.”
I want that t-shirt. pic.twitter.com/PCn1sdpeeM
— Alex Steffen (@AlexSteffen) February 5, 2018