Cost of War: One Day

The comparison of the costs of war to the costs of socially constructive programs is a common topic on the web. The intent is to illustrate how money applied to war could be applied to more socially constructive efforts. Unfortunately, merely pointing out how strikingly different results could be achieved by re-directing spending doesn’t change priorities, but it does give us a different perspective. This is more relevant today in the wake of the veto of the SCHIP legislation.

The American Friends Service Committee website promotes a Wage Peace campaign that shows not only what could be done with just one day’s expenditure for war (provide 423, 529 children with healthcare, for example) but also provides action steps and materials to spread the word.

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