Thursday, May 6, 2010

Food for Thought

After watching this video of a fancy new railgun demonstrated at the Navy League Sea-Air-Space Expo, a simple thought experiment occurred to me.

The Harlem Children's Zone serves roughly 10,000 students, with an annual budget of around $70 million.  With this, they provide a wide range of services to their community, with each targeted towards increasing student achievement.  So far, 90% of their high school seniors have been accepted into college.

Defense-related spending for the year 2011 is expected to reach around $1 trillion dollars.  Simply taking the interest paid on foreign wars, conservatively estimated at about $100 billion dollars annually, we could theoretically provide the same level of success to 15,000,000 children.

The politics of poverty isn't about what we can and can't do, it is about priorities.

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