California has built just one college campus since 1980, but it’s created 21 prisons.
FACT: More U.S. soldiers killed themselves than died in combat in 2010.
“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?