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For the most part, America finds the money to pay for the things it values. In recent decades, and despite deep gridlock in Washington, we have spent trillions of dollars on wars in the Middle East and tax cuts for the wealthy. We have also spent trillions of dollars on health insurance subsidies and coronavirus relief. It is in our power to wipe out poverty. It simply isn’t among our priorities.

“Ultimately, it’s about us as a society saying these privileges and luxuries and comforts that folks in the middle class...have, how much are they worth to us?” Jamila Michener, co-director of the Cornell Center for Health Equity, told me. “And are they worth certain levels of deprivation or suffering or even just inequality among people who are living often very different lives from us? That’s a question we often don’t even ask ourselves.”

But we should.


https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/13/opinion/stimulus-unemploy...
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We spent trillions on a war with Iraq, a country which did not attack us and which was never a danger to us much of which went to Halliburton then Dick Cheney.

Imagine if we’d used that for schools and infrastructure instead.
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magine if we’d used that for schools and infrastructure instead
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President Biden is trying to do that for months.

And most posts are "GQP!" "TRUMP!"and a fraction of posts are about supporting a loud, focused political effort to get a huge infrastructure transformation.
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Since 1985, the United States has provided nearly US$3 billion in annual grants to Israel, which has been the largest recipient of annual American aid from 1976 to 2004 and the largest cumulative recipient of aid ($146 billion, not inflation-adjusted) since World War II;[1][2] approximately 74 percent of these funds are spent on the purchases of American goods and services.[

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israel%E2%80%93United_States_r...

Imagine if, instead of laundering money through Israel to purchase U.S. goods, that they were purchased here in the form of new schools and improved healthcare. Of course our funding of Israel means they can afford luxuries we can't (nearly full universal healthcare & nearly free schooling.
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Imagine if, instead of laundering money through Israel to purchase U.S. goods, that they were purchased here in the form of new schools and improved healthcare. Of course our funding of Israel means they can afford luxuries we can't (nearly full universal healthcare & nearly free schooling.
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Wow. I'm in awe.
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I’m here in Alabama where large swaths of the population live in desperate poverty (with a few wealthy educated areas here and there)

Give us the $3B in Israeli aid and we promise to spend it on US goods and not enact Genocide on Palestinians.

Deal?

OK We’ll knock it down to $2B. Heck of a bargain!
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Wow. I'm in awe again.

2 people with real guts to take a position in now day.

First Grits, now Stock.
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magine if we’d used that for schools and infrastructure instead
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President Biden is trying to do that for months.

And most posts are "GQP!" "TRUMP!"and a fraction of posts are about supporting a loud, focused political effort to get a huge infrastructure transformation.


Had Trump used his power to pursue infrastructure and other improvements, he would very likely still be President. Instead, he chose to benefit his wealthy friends with cuts to taxes and regulations. Bad move. Not to mention the revolving door of felons and incompetent donors coming through his windy administration, and the ongoing corruption within it and around it.

He was never fit for the job he thought he wanted. Not even close. The man has some serious mental issues.

As for what posts here focus on, they are a meaningless small collection of anonymous commentary, and say nothing about our larger political world. They are but a fascinating glimpse into how people think and justify those thoughts. But they don't really mean anything at all.
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I wrote many times during Trump's term - he should have done infrastructure and he could have.

But he is gone.

Google it, Biden Pelosi Schumer are in charge.

And if you look at posts from esteemed Board Colleagues here - infrastructure is not even close to their priority.

GQP is.

Trump's mental issues are real.

So is crumbling infrastructure.

And a squandered chance to do something transformational.

Results matter.

It's an inconvenient truth.
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And if you look at posts from esteemed Board Colleagues here - infrastructure is not even close to their priority.

GQP is.


No one cares about what gets posted anonymously on an internet chat board.

Trump's mental issues are real.

Yes.

So is crumbling infrastructure.

Yes.

And a squandered chance to do something transformational.

Trump squandered the chance. Biden is focused on doing it. The GOPers in Congress are focused on NOT doing anything Biden wants to do.
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Cool.

I am pleased to see the focus.

And the level of progress....is precisely how I want it to be.

All is 'good' ;)
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When it comes to war it's all a bout the money. Eisenhower warned us about the military–industrial complex.
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Ike has been proven right and your point is well taken.

But - those who oppose most wars - -- seem to support the foreign entanglements that eventually lead to wars, and resentment of the United States and eventually - those resentments end up in skyscrapers.

Sadly, when the question comes up about leaving people alone - they shout 'isolationist'.

Then if a known warmonger, or darling of the War Party happens to side with their politics for a few seconds, they'll make her a hero - totally overlooking her Cheney agenda of never meeting a war they didn't like.


So the wars will keep happening.
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