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Sat Apr 27, 2013, 12:35 PM

 

Poll: Are Wars a Financial Attack on Americans?

In the end, we wind up paying for them, not the wealthy.

Estimated cost of Iraq & Afghanistan is now up to 10 Trillion, or MOST of our national debt.

Yet, the wealthy, war profiteers and corporations are taxed less and less, if at all.

So, it seems to me that in the end, war is a financial attack on Americans, as much as it is a physical attack on the people of whatever country they feel like attacking this week (Syria, North Korea, Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq, Vietnam, wherever).
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grahamhgreen Apr 2013 OP
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Response to grahamhgreen (Original post)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 12:43 PM

1. I chose other

 

Wars keep the American way of life as we know it going. That way of life depends on consuming more than anyone else in the world, on wasting a staggering amount of resources, and on turning a blind eye to the suffering of others at home and abroad.

It is the America we were all raised in. It is what we know. It is what we are either afraid to try to change or despair of being able to change.

So in a way it isn't an attack on Americans because unless Americans are willing and able to throw off the philosophies and culture of the America we know and create a different America we will continue to depend on these wars to keep gas in our cars, electricity in our homes, and cheap goods on our store shelves.

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Response to grahamhgreen (Original post)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 02:14 PM

2. It's plain and simple

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War makes staggering profits for American corporations that build weapons and supply the troops and war effort with everything from tires to shoes/boots to laundry services to food, to uniforms to tanks to planes to drones to ships and so on and so on and so on. That, and the fact that our wars, which are continual we're always at war somewhere because of war profiteering by corporations are usually fought over non-white countries' natural resources which means even more staggering profits for corporations once the war is over and we've gotten control or split up control of those resources with allies (Iraqi oil for example).

That's it in a nutshell. Our wars are about making money, not for spreading democracy or freedom or liberty or deposing dictators as is fed to us through complicit, corporate-owned media. Hell, we've backed many dictators/monarchies in the past and still do (The Shah of Iran and Saudi Arabia come to mind).

I repeat, our wars are about making money for American corporations and the wealthy people who own them.

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Response to brush (Reply #2)

Sat Apr 27, 2013, 05:33 PM

3. And

 

The money seems to come from you and I, brother!

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Response to grahamhgreen (Reply #3)

Sun Apr 28, 2013, 12:22 AM

4. Yep! You nailed it.

It's sickening. The Treasury, our tax money, is raided to pay for the corporations huge markups on war materiels. Then those very same corporations, who use our infrastructure to do their business, avoid paying taxes to help maintain that infrastructure. They've become very good at extracting money from the country without contributing back their fair share. So we all pay through the nose as the bought-and-paid for pols pass pass every law the y can to aid the corps.

They gotta get those campaign contributions, and probably a little on the side under the table.

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