Money for jobs and not for war
In economics, there is a concept called opportunity cost - what is
sacrificed when one buys something or undertakes a certain action.
This concept recognizes the fact that resources and energy are finite
- and that when one chooses one thing, one is also choosing not to
be doing a number of other things. In most of this century, the US
and many other economies have run on Keynesian economic --, that is,
have infused their economies with government monies to keep things
running. However, in recent years (in the US, from President
Reagan on), the government money being pumped has been in increasing
shares devoted to defense (and intelligence) to the detriment of social
programs. While jobs have been plentiful in the armed forces, they
have not been in many other areas. The opportunity cost the government
assumes in purchasing one B-1 bomber is the creation of many more
jobs in fixing potholes.