How would you spend your tax dollars?
Money running a little low this month? Having trouble making rent, paying
tuition, buying groceries, making car payments or any of those other troublesome
monetary demands placed upon us peasants in a capitalist society?
Well, tough luck to you all. Unless, of course, you happen to design
weapons of death and destruction for the American Military War Machine.
It seems those Knights of the Five-Sided Castle, a.k.a. the war-mongering
bureaucrats in the Pentagon, have recently awarded a $200 billion contract
to aeronautics company Lockheed Martin Corp. for the development of new
high-tech fighter jets.
You read right: $200 billion! And keep in mind that these new fighter
jets purchased with your tax dollars are good for only two things: blowing
things up and killing people. These ultra-expensive pieces of military
ordinance won't feed hungry children, cure diseases or solve traffic congestion
on Interstate 45. All they can do is kill and destroy.
It's all for the bargain price of $200 billion. As if all those military
boys who never got over playing GI Joe as children needed new toys to play
with. New toys bought, I might remind you, with the tax dollars coerced
from hard-working Americans like you and I. Well, like you at least.
Seriously, though, there's something inherently ludicrous about such
an astronomically high sum of money going to produce weapons of mass destruction
when there's so much else it could be used for.
How's about taking the money and putting it where it could help people
instead of kill them? I'm sure the Social Security fund, which the Bush
administration is finally going to get to tap into after eyeing it hungrily
all year long, could use a little monetary shot in the arm. Why not take
some of that $200 billion and plug it into something to help support American
citizens in their old age after they've wasted their lives toiling away
at soul-numbing jobs to fill the coffers of the rich and powerful?
Or would that be committing the sin of spending the people's money on
the people, something our government seems morally opposed to?
The money being blithely thrown at military weaponry could just as easily
be tossed in the direction of medical research for things like longevity
research, cancer studies or AIDS research. Or why not use those 200 billion
smackers to provide free health care for all Americans? Would you rather
have shiny new airplanes for our military to play with or make your next
visit to the doctor's office affordable enough not to require paying in
There's a reason why the money we pay yearly in taxes couldn't be put
toward helping us in our day-to-day lives. All those tax dollars could
go a long way toward establishing free and efficient public transportation
Or even better yet — how's about using the money to provide us all with
free college? Why not? UH, as a state college, is already subsidized with
tax dollars. If the school can be subsidized, why not the students? It'd
be a great alternative to student loans for those of us not muscular enough
for football scholarships.
This is just a minuscule selection of the limitless possibilities such
great wealth could be put to in ways that would benefit us all. So think
long and hard about what you want your tax dollars to do — help people,
or kill them?