Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Written on a board on the side of a building



On Board

Every Gun that is Made
Every Warship launched
Every Rocket fired
Signifies in the final Sense
A Theft from Those
Who hunger and are
not fed, Those who are
Cold, and are not Clothed.
And The world in arms is not
Spending money Alone. It's
spending The Sweat of our
labor, the genius of Our Scientist
And The Hopes of Our Children*

When I posted this, the Iraq war cost ticker was at $454,907,140,705 (that's $450 BILLION!) My state's share is over $12 Billion. We could have built over 114,000 additional units of housing in my state with that money. Nationally we could rebuild New Orleans, provide universal health care AND probably have money left over to fix a few national parks.

*The above quote is attributed to Dwight D. Eisenhower, American General, Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe during WWII and the 34rd President of the United States of America. He was a Republican who ended the Korean War.

14 comments:

Jodi said...
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Flower Child said...

Wow! And who thought to write that quote on the side of a building?

I'm with you. Let's have a bake sale, get rid of all the warships and get us some schools and levees!

Jodi said...

What I meant to say was, I concur!

Jami said...

Amen, sister! Pissed-off women rule! And might just change the world!

Heather said...

How sad that it's true.

CableGirl said...

What a phenomenal post!

You rock my world, SMID.

aimee / greeblemonkey said...

I love that quote! And I love what Flower Child said too! Rise up for schools, levees - and oh yea, health care!

painted maypole said...

yes, yes and again I say yes

of course, if we weren't having a war we wouldn't be doing those things. No... the rich would just be getting richer, that's all. ack. I am not feeling very optomistic about it all.

soccer mom in denial said...

Thanks ladies!

And for those of you that know this city we live next to, the building is in a section called Jamaica Plain (leading Flower Girl to say "Of COURSE that would be written on the side of a building in JP!!").

Goofball said...

if only moms could rule the world....wouldn't it look like a totally different place?

Flower Child said...

Yep, that's JP!

Adventures In Waitressing said...

I am telling you.. the woman of the world need to unite and kick the men out entirely. There is so much that money could be going for. So sad.

Great post and quote.

Jen said...

And now there's a request for even more money to fund this atrocity.

Gunfighter said...

Alas, kicking out the men won't change much.