Two facts about the United States: what are we doing?

FACT: In 2011, California spent $9.6 billion on prisons, but just $5.7 billion on higher education.

California has built just one college campus since 1980, but it’s created 21 prisons.

Source: CNN | via: Think Progress

FACT: More U.S. soldiers killed themselves than died in combat in 2010. 

via: columnfive

For every soldier killed on the battlefield this year, about 25 veterans are dying by their own hands. An American soldier dies every day and a half, on average, in Iraq or Afghanistan. Veterans kill themselves at a rate of one every 80 minutes.” – Nicholas Kristof

Why not more treatment centers (for non-violent drug offenders) and access to higher education for more young people (so they don’t feel they have to join the military to go to college)?

If we had a nationwide, mandated military draft — where even if you wanted to be a Mormon missionary in France, you’d still have to serve first — would the GOP, and especially its wealthy owners, be less likely to want perpetual war?

Wouldn’t we be a stronger, happier country with such changes?