Permanent War. The Domestic Economic Costs of Empire produced by Sheila Collins Professor of Political Science William Paterson University.
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The Domestic Economic Costs of Empire
Professor of Political Science
William Paterson University
Figure 1 “I’m a war President. I make decisions here in the Oval Office on foreign policy matters with war on my mind . . . .”--George W. Bush
“No rational country goes to war to help its economy, but neither should any country wage war without carefully weighing the costs and benefits of going or not going to war, an analysis that brings in a consideration of all the relevant scenarios.”
--Joseph E. Stiglitz, former Chair, Council of Economic Advisors
All of the “Relevant” Scenarios
The War on Terror
The “Regular” Military Budget
Other War and Empire-Related Costs
Unanticipated “Externalities” Not Included in Federal Budgets
Misplaced Priorities: Homeland Security Grants per capita
Wyoming - $28.22
New York - $4.07
Daily Journal, IN Bush’s budget could threaten anti-drug efforts
Constitution for the United States of America
We, the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare . . .
The New York Times
Governors prepared to fight Medicaid cuts
The Advocate, Stamford, CTBudget cuts may imperil adult English Classes
KXX-TV – Waco, TX Centex Community Colleges may face budget cuts.
WLBZ-TV, Portland, ME
Report says budget cuts will lead to crime increase.
babies and children -670,000
Figure 25For every $1 billion spent on the military, up to three times as many civilian jobs could have been created with the same amount of money.
+$13,689,875unexercised stock options
$34,123,965TOTAL CEO COMPENSATION
Defense Industry Campaign Contributions 2004
Lockheed Martin Campaign Contributions 2004 –
Lockheed Martin Defense Contracts - $20.7 billion
Lockheed Martin Homeland Security Contracts - $513 million
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone.
It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.
This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.
--former general& President,Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1953
Homeless Needs Rise as U.S. Aid Declines
Pressed for Resources, Many Area Agencies Had to Turn Clients Away Report Says
By Mary Otto
Washington Post , February 16, 2005
---Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
---President John F. Kennedy