“We just can’t afford the president’s $3.7 billion request to handle the undocumented immigrant crisis these Central American children are causing,” Senator John McCain said.
Yet even though U.S. oil companies had a profit of $93 billion last year, we can afford to give them tax write-offs of $2.4 billion — every year.
Even though General Electric’s income for 2008-2012 was over $27.5 billion, and they paid no federal income tax, we can still afford to give them tax refunds totaling over $3 billion.
Apparently we’re not too broke to spend over $92 billion on the Iraq/Afghanistan conflicts this year. And, another $212 billion for reconstruction efforts in Iraq, most of which was spent on security or lost to waste and fraud.
And, the numbers get even bigger. According to a Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government study released this week, the Iraq and Afghanistan wars will cost up to $6 trillion by the time it’s all said and done, including the long-term medical care our veterans will require.
Finally, the U.S. national debt is now a staggering $17.5 trillion. Yet 20 percent of that amount ($3.5 trillion) is due solely to the Iraq/Afghanistan wars, to be paid by our children and grandchildren. Turn on the news and you’ll see how much good that has done — and how much “safer” we are now than before we started dropping bombs on the Middle East.
The question is, what does America value? Corporate profits? Wall Street earnings? War industry hand-outs? Or, children fleeing violence and poverty — even though they are being sent here illegally?
This question offers a glimpse into America’s soul. What is it we value most? Do we value money more than human life?
America proudly proclaims itself a Christian nation. It’s time we started acting like one. Ask yourself, “What would Jesus do,” if he were here today?