I came across an interested graphic by a group called Visual Economics, which breaks down how much certain countries spend on education, health and military, as represented by the percentage of total budget allocated. I haven’t researched the source of their data, but at the very least it provides an interested discussion point.
Here are the countries listed (in alphabetical order) that spend more on education than their military:
These are the countries that spend more on the military:
United Arab Emirates
The United States spends more on its military than any other country in the world, almost 5 times as much as China, which is number two on the list, and more than 10 times as much as Russia, which is number three.
These are the types of statistics I think about when I read about ever-increasing class sizes in K – 12 education, teacher layoffs, and the rising cost of college education.
For those that believe simply “laying off” a portion of our military is too drastic, why not convert a portion of our national defense into an infrastructure-building juggernaut? Construct a U.S. rail system that works. Focus military think tanks on creating more efficient, ecologically sound farming systems, and share these technologies with other nations. Sick the defense contractors on building clean, energy-producing machines that harvest wind, thermal, solar, or tidal power.
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