The U.S. spends nearly $100 billion a year on new weapons development and testing to improve our ability to kill people, and $454 million a year to keep Guantanamo prison open. We spend $50 billion a year on a nuclear arsenal and over $1 trillion on an unnecessary war in Iraq.
Yet we’re told we are the only industrialized country in the world that cannot afford universal health care for our own citizens. We cannot afford to extend free public education to cover college for the next generations or raise the minimum wage to a livable wage.
We are encouraged to embrace our fears of terrorists, immigrants, gun regulations, taxes, Barack Obama and government. In place of our hopes and dreams of a better world, we are encouraged to embrace the view of a more bitter one.
The world isn’t awful because it must be. The world is awful because we continue to elect representatives in Congress who continually vote against the public interests, hurting instead of helping to improve people’s lives. Their political campaigns pander to fear, hate, distrust and total disregard for the public good.