Whether it’s the “War on Drugs” or the “War on Terror” they’re both euphemisms for what they really are, a war on the poor and middle class in America. They’re both vehicles used to funnel obscene, almost unimaginable, amounts of money to a few wealthy people running businesses that are profiting off of these “wars” that we are paying for.

Sadly, this isn’t new information. Most people already know this but no one seems to have any idea of how to begin to combat it. While people are getting rich off of taxpayer dollars fighting “wars” that can never be won, the taxpayers are continually being asked to sacrifice more and more.

We’re living in a reality where billion dollar corporations get together to publish “suggested” budgets for their employees that forget to factor in things like heat or take into account realistic prices for almost anything on their list. Luckily their budget also factors in what you’ll be earning at your second job since it is literally impossible to survive off of the wages these companies pay their employees.

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You better hope that car you were lucky enough to get with payments of only $150 a month doesn’t break down, because that’s certainly not factored into the budget. Health insurance for $20/mo? Wow! Sign me up, where can I get that deal at?

And, don’t worry, if the pressures of working two full-time jobs just to be able to barely get by start getting to you, the government you pay all of your taxes to will be there to help. They’ve made other accommodations for you.

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As of 2008 approximately one in every 31 adults (7.3 million) in the United States was behind bars, or being monitored (probation and parole). The United States, compared to the rest of the world, has the highest incarceration rate in the world by far. The second and third spots on that list are occupied by Russia and Rwanda.

Only 7.9% of the people locked up in federal prisons are there for violent crimes.

7.9% of sentenced prisoners in federal prisons on September 30, 2009 were in for violent crimes.[21] 52.4% of sentenced prisoners in state prisons at year end 2008 were in for violent crimes.[21] 21.6% of convicted inmates in jails in 2002 (latest available data by type of offense) were in for violent crimes. Among unconvicted inmates in jails in 2002, 34% had a violent offense as the most serious charge. 41% percent of convicted and unconvicted jail inmates in 2002 had a current or prior violent offense; 46% were nonviolent recidivists.

Imagine if the trillions of dollars that wasted annually on the wars on drugs and terror were funneled back into helping the taxpayers who created that revenue in the first place. Imagine what our schools would look like? Imagine the opportunities that our children would have if we weren’t allowing this money to be squandered, to be funneled to the wealthy who are setting up businesses in order to profit off of a war that can never be won at the the expense of the American citizen?

Posted by James Poling

A socialist, tinkerer, thinker, question asker and all around curiosity seeker. If you'd like to reach me you can use the contact link above or email me at jamespoling [at] gmail [dot] com.

4 Comments

  1. […] already seen how McDonald’s advises its full-time employees to budget their money in order to survive. Literally the first advice they give in their ridiculous pamphlet for a […]

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  2. […] only is it yet another massive invasion of privacy it’s still yet another example of wasteful government spending that does nothing to help anyone but the people who own the companies who manufacture the equipment […]

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  3. […] One response I still have yet to hear is that this concept is unsustainable. That a collective of hard working, driven people couldn’t succeed AND reap the benefits of their hard work and success rather than have the fruits of their labor funneled up to a few people at the top leaving far too many struggling just to get by. Where a company with billion dollar profits suggest to their employees that if they want to survive they should just get a second full-time job. […]

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  4. […] let’s keep underfunding schools and spending billions on keeping the war on drugs in […]

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