- Pay for health care for every American for ten years.
- Pay for 30 million young people to go to college.
- Give every teacher in America a 50% pay raise.
- Fund every public school in America for four years.
- Pay off over 20% of the national deficit.
- Create science grants to bring America back to the top of innovation and advancement.
- Feed the fifteen million children in poverty for a decade.
- Increase NASA’s funding to facilitate real space research.
- Rebuild New Orleans.
The list could go on for hours. These are just a few things I thought of off the top of my head. We’ve got Republicans proposing deep budget cuts and fighting over government programs that are suffering for lack of millions of dollars. And we spent trillions of dollars to kill one man.
I’m not suggesting that Osama wasn’t a bad guy, and that he didn’t deserve what he got. However, I will suggest that our priorities are very, very skewed. Let’s not overlook the fact that our own George W. Bush is responsible for more deaths than Osama, and flaunting his policy of torture in front of the U.N. and the entire first world.
In the process of bringing one man to justice, we forfeited any number of programs that would have helped every American citizen in tangible ways. We spent three trillion dollars so that we could have a collective fist pump and “fuck you.” We traded homeland prosperity for the illusion of homeland security, illegal wiretaps, constant reminders of “threat level orange,” and the worst foreign relations… well… maybe ever.
We must ask ourselves: What did we really gain by killing Osama Bin Laden? Is the U.S. any safer from terrorist attacks today than it was two weeks ago? Are our foreign relations any better? Are you wealthier today because he’s dead? Do you feel better about travelling abroad? What did you personally gain from the three trillion dollars we spent, and the thousands and thousands of deaths over the last decade?
If you didn’t gain anything, and none of your neighbors did, and none of their neighbors did…