Or an earthquake?
Or a flood?
Or a tornado?
Or a fire?
Did you know that modern armies can wreak more havoc, destruction, and death than all of those combined?
In the USA's arsenal alone is enough WMD to destroy all human life on earth several times over:
However, what's different about this weapon? In our past, we've discovered gunpowder, rocketry and TNT - but they've never threatened all life on Earth as we know it. This is because all weapons in the past have never had the capacity to act on such a global scale, where as weapons based on Element 92 - nuclear weapons - can quite easily cause a 'nuclear winter' by throwing up enough dust into the atmosphere to prevent light from the sun reaching us. There are still close to 50,000 nuclear weapons in the world. More than enough to finish off the entire human race.(Think Quest, emphasis added). That considers only the nuclear destructive capacity. There are biological, chemical, and other WMD that can do total annihilation too.
Yet each year the United States still pays more money for armies than all the rest of the world combined.
So what does an investment in havoc, destruction, and death produce?
Does it produce homes, stores, clothing, food, roads, infrastructure, or compassion for the weak among us?
No, instead the purpose of havoc, destruction, and death is to destroy those things.
So why does the US spend $623,000,000,000 EVERY YEAR on destruction, then wonder why it is having financial problems?
The answer is because of deceit and propaganda. See posts here, here, here, and here.
A substantial portion of that money is used to sell people on the need for the capacity to wreak havoc, destruction, and death.
If we don't have the capacity to destroy, they say, we will suffer havoc, destruction, and death. They teach that MAD, mutually assured destruction, is the only way to stop destruction. Which is a tad disingenuous isn't it?
They scare us with propaganda against "the axis of evil" and dangerous enemies.
For example, remember that dangerous enemy Russia? Russia spends $50 billion a year, and China spends $65 billion a year on the military.
Those two big military powers, which the propagandists have used to scare the willies out of us, together only spend $115 billion a year to our $653 billion a year.
We spend 5.7 times more than the both of them combined, so their people must be really, really scared of us?
All the world together, besides the USA, spends $500 billion annually on their military. The USA spends $653 billion annually on the military.
The whole world can't keep up with our insatiable spending spree on WMD. Six billion people can't outspend 300 million people. Twenty people can't outspend 1 person?
During the Bush II years we spent $5,000,000,000,000 on destructive things. That is enough to build about 33,400,000 homes at $150,000 each. Or enough to do a lot of good instead of a lot of destruction.
The share of each American each year is roughly $2,000.00; yes, an amount in effect paid by each man woman and child; but it is much more per person if only working people are considered for the source of those taxes.
There is little wonder that a people who spend so much on destructive machines, which have no other economic worth, would have financial problems is there?