To the Editor:
Job creation has been a hot issue in Washington, so when policy makers consider scaling back the defense budget, those who object often cite the economic benefits of military spending, including the jobs it creates. But economists and researchers have shown that the amount spent on the military could create even more jobs when allotted instead to other, less destructive, endeavors.
A group of such activists has planned a “Green Recovery: A Program to Create Good Jobs and Start Building a Low-Carbon Economy.” Their study has shown the comparative job-creating capability of $1 billion in spending in each of five categories. In the Military Spending category this figure is 11,200 jobs. In the category of Household Consumption, this figure is 15,100 jobs through household tax rebates. For Clean Energy the figure is 16,800 jobs; for Health Care, 17,200; and for Education, 26,700.
President Jimmy Carter said, “War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good.” (I would add that war is Hell, and that ALL who engage in it are Hellions (?).)
But it is not necessary! There are scores of nongovernmental organizations, any one of which with comparable support could outdo any good to be expected of military personnel. It seems to me that if our combatants were interested in doing something worthwhile, they should come home and help us to rebuild our infrastructure into something worth our efforts!
Source: American Friends Service Committee at afsc/org/infographic/military-jobs.