Most of us have been aware for some time of our bloated military budget. Imagine then my dismay upon reading last Sunday’s headline ((March 4): “Pentagon’s new problem: too much cash.”
At a time when the budget for basic services in health care (Medicaid, Medicare) are increasingly threatened with cuts and federal support for education grows leaner, we learn that the Pentagon will be hard pressed to spend its new allotment of funds in the stipulated time frame!
Imagine the good that could be effected in our society if those extra funds were channeled into health, education, and the elimination of poverty — this last now found to be a major determinant for health and longevity.
Leaving aside the senseless waste of war in general and of Afghanistan in particular, what does it say about us as a people? I think it says we are a nation gripped by fear. War and weapons get more attention than the sick and the students in our schools.
So I am afraid I can muster no sympathy for the difficult choice faced by the
Pentagon between having “more money than it can spend this year or needing more time to spend it!”
Tessa B. Green
Albany (March 8)