America’s Failure to Support Troops…Economically

Yesterday, I was stunned by the statistics in this post by Brendan Birth … I think you will be too!  The United States has the largest military budget in the world, in fact it is larger than the next seven nations combined!

defense-spendingAnd yet … we have homeless veterans, and military families who must rely on government assistance simply to put food on the table.  There is something wrong with this picture, folks!

Thank you, Brendan, for this eye-opening post!

“Support our troops.” People in the United States frequently hear and see this phrase in a variety of settings: on cars, from politicians, and from friends posting on social media, to name a few. We hear it especially on days like Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

And I agree. We should support our troops. While my personal opinion is that we should avoid war except in the most extreme of circumstances (example: if our own nation is attacked, like with Pearl Harbor), people who risk their own lives on behalf of the entire country should be supported. Since people in the military serve our country, our country should in return serve our military veterans. It’s the least we can do in the United States.

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27 thoughts on “America’s Failure to Support Troops…Economically

  1. I remember a documentary that stated roughly a quarter of the military budget is unaccounted for. I can’t understand how there’s no documentation of how over 160 million is spent. It breaks my heart to see homeless veterans and I’ve often wondered why they aren’t cared for by our government.

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    • Bureaucratic inefficiency explains most of it, and corruption accounts for the rest. You’ve right … they are more interested in building more unnecessary war toys than taking care of the men and women who put their life on the line for our nation.


  2. The sad fact of the matter: wars are started by rich, powerful, politically connected elite class. Their agenda is power and control, control over the masses, planetary resources, gov’ts etc. Their means of domination over weaker troubled nations are regime change wars, to overthrow the democratically elected official and install a puppet that can be easily controlled. The US soldier is a means to an end, unceremoniously deemed “cannon fodder”, usually poor/ under educated ppl of color who have no other choice but joined to survive. The elite class considers the soldier a liability after they are no longer in service, like a broken toy to be discarded, the trashbin of society’s “useless eaters.”
    This is the reality we are facing today, which is why Washington pays lip service to the heroic veteran, but does nothing significant to help our fallen brothers and sisters who bravely, naively served their country (their psychopathic masters).
    The system is certainly unjust, absolutely criminal, and should be changed. Senator Tulsi Gabbard is the only soldier among Democratic candidates talking about this issue, but the DNC so desperately want to shut her up, hence the dishonorable smear campaign launched against a fellow sitting congress person, a woman of color and a war hero, a member of their own party!
    Can you see now that the problem is not just Donald Trump or Dems vs Repubs, the real enemy are the elite psychopaths whom we elected to run this country maintaining the status quo to protect their interests at the expense of the ppl.
    In ancient Rome, Caesars distracted the public with bread and spectacles, well lookey-here – we have arrived! This current Impeachment is not about justice, more of a distraction to avoid the major issue… when are politicians gonna stop screwing us and actually represent the interests of the ppl? Why are we the only civilized Western nation not to have free universal health care? Why are majority of students upon graduation become debt slaves with tens to hundreds of thousands owed to banks? Why are graduates with Bachelors and Masters degrees working as baristas or fast food slaves for minimum wage? Why is homelessness reaching epidemic proportions in the richest nation on Earth? Why are for-profit-jails incarcerating record number of our citizens for petty crimes like weed, while wall st banksters, death dealing drug companies, greedy insurance companies, corrupt politicians stand to make million/ billions every year while the middle class shrinks and the poor get poorer? These are very real hard hitting questions you’ll never see during our “prime-time” national debates… more bread and spectacles to lull the sleeping masses. Just pick a side… too bad, what ever our choice, we lose!
    BTW Pearl Harbor, like 9-11 is a blatant false flag, a conspiracy to engage in war. Alas we will never hear about direct government involvement until 50+ years later when info becomes officially “declassified”. By that time no one cares enough to remember or fight back.
    So many facts in plain sight:
    Wow look at me, your snarkiness is contagious! Like the army motto says: stay alert, stay alive.


    • Well lookey here, another mass shooting in our home of the “free”. This just flashed across my live feed: Three dead in shooting at Walmart in Duncan, Oklahoma.
      How come we never see mass shooting in rich upscale neighborhoods where the elites live? Think about it.


      • I know veterans around the globe are looked upon as a liability once their use is over. But I always thought that the treatment of veterans in the US would be far superior to other countries. The most worrisome issue facing the world is that the US is trying to shake off the world leadership role in a hurry and scavengers are closing in at a very fast pace. Thanks for giving a nice write-up in the era of shallow talks and dumb articles. Do visit my blog and leave your thoughts.

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        • One would think so, but this country has become increasingly more concerned with the acquisition of wealth and less about humanitarian causes, whether it’s veterans, children, the poor, the sick … Our systems of education and healthcare are failing miserably, and our lack of a response to climate change is criminal. The U.S. is currently a failure in many areas, and while there is no single cause, the biggest reason is corporate greed. Thanks for your kind words, and I will visit your blog today!

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  3. Thanks for sharing!!.. it is the same as outside of the military.. ideologies in this country ( like the rest of the world) use the money for technology, weapons and support of active personal to protect them from opposing ideology…. once one is no longer part of the system, they are considered no different than anyone else.. 🙂

    “When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist.” Helder Camara

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    • You’re right … we all seem to be ‘disposable assets’ these days. So much for government “Of the people, by the people and for the people”, eh? That quote is so spot on! You always have the perfect quote for any situation. Thank you!

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      • A capitalist society where wealth and image remain supreme… it is always about money in spite of efforts to create a image to the contrary.. in history’s past (before Facebook) that was possible but in today’s world of technology and educated masses, the world sees it for what it is, one can run bu cannot hide… 🙂

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  4. Never ends does it?
    Rudyard Kipling…British Writer. Unashamed supporter of Empire….and yet wrote a series of poems about the ordinary front line ‘squaddie’ (grunt) in vernacular:
    By Rudyard Kipling

    I WENT into a public ‘ouse to get a pint o’ beer,
    The publican ‘e up an’ sez, ” We serve no red-coats here.”
    The girls be’ind the bar they laughed an’ giggled fit to die,
    I outs into the street again an’ to myself sez I:
    O it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ ” Tommy, go away ” ;
    But it’s ” Thank you, Mister Atkins,” when the band begins to play
    The band begins to play, my boys, the band begins to play,
    O it’s ” Thank you, Mister Atkins,” when the band begins to play.

    I went into a theatre as sober as could be,
    They gave a drunk civilian room, but ‘adn’t none for me;
    They sent me to the gallery or round the music-‘alls,
    But when it comes to fightin’, Lord! they’ll shove me in the stalls!
    For it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ ” Tommy, wait outside “;
    But it’s ” Special train for Atkins ” when the trooper’s on the tide
    The troopship’s on the tide, my boys, the troopship’s on the tide,
    O it’s ” Special train for Atkins ” when the trooper’s on the tide.

    Yes, makin’ mock o’ uniforms that guard you while you sleep
    Is cheaper than them uniforms, an’ they’re starvation cheap.
    An’ hustlin’ drunken soldiers when they’re goin’ large a bit
    Is five times better business than paradin’ in full kit.
    Then it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an` Tommy, ‘ow’s yer soul? ”
    But it’s ” Thin red line of ‘eroes ” when the drums begin to roll
    The drums begin to roll, my boys, the drums begin to roll,
    O it’s ” Thin red line of ‘eroes, ” when the drums begin to roll.

    We aren’t no thin red ‘eroes, nor we aren’t no blackguards too,
    But single men in barricks, most remarkable like you;
    An’ if sometimes our conduck isn’t all your fancy paints,
    Why, single men in barricks don’t grow into plaster saints;
    While it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an` Tommy, fall be’ind,”
    But it’s ” Please to walk in front, sir,” when there’s trouble in the wind
    There’s trouble in the wind, my boys, there’s trouble in the wind,
    O it’s ” Please to walk in front, sir,” when there’s trouble in the wind.

    You talk o’ better food for us, an’ schools, an’ fires, an’ all:
    We’ll wait for extry rations if you treat us rational.
    Don’t mess about the cook-room slops, but prove it to our face
    The Widow**’s Uniform is not the soldier-man’s disgrace.
    For it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an` Chuck him out, the brute! ”
    But it’s ” Saviour of ‘is country ” when the guns begin to shoot;
    An’ it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ anything you please;
    An ‘Tommy ain’t a bloomin’ fool – you bet that Tommy sees!

    * The generic term for British soldiers: This was based on a sample of how an application form should be filled in the name used was… ‘Thomas Atkins’
    **A common term for Queen Victoria whose mourning for the death of her beloved Albert went on some felt, far too long, even by Victorian standards

    Things just don’t change:
    After WWII in Russia when women soldiers went home having been pilots, snipers, tank drivers etc facing the hardships of war (The USSR sent anyone they could into the ranks) they were often accused of being camp whores by women who had stayed at home…..
    And men and women ordinary soldiers might find themselves visited by the Secret Police to be picked up on the barest of evidence for something they did in war not in line with Party Doctrine.

    WWI Vets shot at for protesting their poor treatment.
    African American soldiers still denigrated for the colour of their skin by creatures who would have filled their pants at the first sound of battle.
    Men who survived Vietnam coming back to ‘The World’ in tatters only to be spat upon by silly kids playing at revolution.
    And still it goes on…..

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