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“America doesn’t have a money problem, it has a values and priorities problem” – Mirian Wright Edelman

Today is the deadline for filing taxes and as millions scramble to meet the deadline, i thought i would share a great website for information on what those tax dollars are actually being spent on:

http://www.costofwar.com/

Here you can watch the price of war rise by about three or four thousand dollars per second……PER SECOND!

Now as i type this, it hits:  $993,146,501,346

By the time you have clicked and read this post, millions more dollars will have been siphoned out of American taxpayers and into a weapons, security and “reconstruction” industry. Industries that generate profits in the trillions while destroying, through mass murder and free market economics, the lives of entire populations of poor people overseas and destroying  families in America through the death of U.S. soldiers and a shit economy.  That money is also fueling those same industries as they turn their focus domestically. The horizon ain’t lookin’ so good if this continues.

We see how shit California is, well here’s a t stat for ya:

Taxpayers in California will pay $89.2 billion for Total Defense Spending in FY2010.
For the same amount of money, the following could have been provided:
36,723,380 People with Health Care for One Year OR
1,593,995 Public Safety Officers for One year OR
1,260,447 Music and Arts Teachers for One Year OR
10,681,654 Scholarships for University Students for One Year OR
16,076,371 Students receiving Pell Grants of $5550 OR
267,074 Affordable Housing Units OR
33,352,594 Children with Health Care for One Year OR
10,672,710 Head Start Places for Children for One Year OR
1,281,492 Elementary School Teachers for One Year OR
158,974,776 Homes with Renewable Electricity for One Year
*SMH*
…and how about just The Bay:
Taxpayers in Bay Area, California will pay $24.2 billion for Total Defense Spending in FY2010. For the same amount of money, the following could have been provided:
9,967,122 People with Health Care for One Year OR
432,627 Public Safety Officers for One year OR
342,099 Music and Arts Teachers for One Year OR
2,899,117 Scholarships for University Students for One Year OR
4,363,301 Students receiving Pell Grants of $5550 OR
72,487 Affordable Housing Units OR
9,052,255 Children with Health Care for One Year OR
2,896,689 Head Start Places for Children for One Year OR
347,811 Elementary School Teachers for One Year OR
43,147,473 Homes with Renewable Electricity for One Year
America’s political priorities are muthafuckin’ shame….
…..I miss Bali.
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