Charles Clanton Rogers

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A Trillion Dollars for Defense!

When I served in the U S Navy, I was defending our nation’s green shoots! One school lunch= $1.70

school lunch

One school lunch: $1.70

Act Of Kindness Ends With Firing
“I handed her the food and said, ‘Here, we’ll take care of it in a minute,”‘ Bowden told the station. She then offered to pay the $1.70 cost of the lunch.

Instead, Bowden said, her supervisor placed her on leave — and on Monday, Bowden received a registered letter from the Pocatello/Chubbuck School District informing her she had officially been fired for theft of school property, according to the Idaho Statesman.

“My heart hurts. I truly loved my job, and I can’t say that I wouldn’t do it again,” Bowden, who worked in the school cafeteria for three years, told the station.

Her firing has sparked outrage on social media. A petition calling for her job to be reinstated had more than 48,000 signatures as of Wednesday afternoon.
Dalene Bowden was fired after giving a free meal to a hungry middle school student. KPVI
School officials did not immediately return a request for comment from NBC News. A district school board member also declined to comment to the Idaho Statesman, calling the issue a personnel matter.

A spokeswoman for the district, Shelley Allen, told the Idaho Statesman that parents are notified if students have more than an $11 unpaid balance on their account. The students are still provided with something to eat, she said, such as a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and milk.

But Bowden said if a child exceeds the $11 credit limit, workers are instructed to take their tray away and throw out the food.

Study after study has found that hungry children perform worse at school. According to the National Education Association, missing meals affect a child’s academic performance and behavior in school, and hungry children are more likely to repeat a grade, be tardy for school, or miss school.

US Defense Spending

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Recent months have seen a flurry of headlines about cuts (often called “threats”) to the US defense budget. Last week, lawmakers in the House of Representatives even passed a bill that was meant to spare national security spending from future cuts by reducing school-lunch funding and other social programs.
Here, then, is a simple question that, for some curious reason, no one bothers to ask, no less answer: How much are we spending on national security these days? With major wars winding down, has Washington already cut such spending so close to the bone that further reductions would be perilous to our safety?

In fact, with projected cuts added in, the national security budget in fiscal 2013 will be nearly $1 trillion—a staggering enough sum that it’s worth taking a walk through the maze of the national security budget to see just where that money’s lodged.

If you’ve heard a number for how much the United States spends on the military, it’s probably in the neighborhood of $530 billion. That’s the Pentagon’s base budget for fiscal 2013, and represents a 2.5 percent cut from 2012. But that $530 billion is merely the beginning of what the United States spends on national security. Let’s dig a little deeper.

The Pentagon’s base budget doesn’t include war funding, which in recent years has been well over $100 billion. With US troops withdrawn from Iraq and troop levels falling in Afghanistan, you might think that war funding would be plummeting as well. In fact, it will drop to a mere $88 billion in fiscal 2013. By way of comparison, the federal government will spend around $64 billion on education that same year.

Add in war funding, and our national security total jumps to $618 billion. And we’re still just getting started.

You do the math!

Charles Clanton Rogers  Christmas Eve 2015



4 thoughts on “What is it that we are defending?

  1. bbnewsab says:

    I like this pacifistic view, expressed by you, KK.

    I believe that most (maybe all?) great powers feel they are more or less constantly challenged, and that’s why they prepare for war, in order to remain a great power.

    Cf. the Roman saying: Si vis pacem, para bellum. If you want peace (or status quo), be prepared for war. There is always someone else who wants to be the one that decides what to do, what to think and so on. Remember there’s just one wolf that is the leader of the pack. And he, too, is constantly challenged, more or less.

    Today we notice that the Russian President Vladimir Putin tries to restore Russia as a super power. Accordingly he’s implementing a huge rearmament of his country.

    And the existing great powers think, of course, they have to follow suit. Otherwise…

    So today’s world lacks bridge builders. There are way too many wall builders. That’s one of the many reasons I like your blog, and you, KK! Keep up the good work!


    1. clanton1934 says:

      Well, of course, Defense has been necessary for hundreds of thousands of years, primates have formed tribes for several reasons including defense. [see Robert Sapolsky and Harari] But part of a rational defense is nurturing and feeding the next generation of defenders! Our school children can’t learn if they are not fed. In addition to a nearly Trillion dollars on defense, check out what we spend on entertainment, professional sports, alcohol,gambling, etc. Why can’t we feed the children!!! [BTW, we have so much excessive agricultural capacity we ship it overseas and the government pays farmers “not-to-grow,” K

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  2. bbnewsab says:

    Excellent words of wisdom from the mind, and mouth, of the Medicine man of the Readers & Writers Tribe (RWT) community.

    Need I explain to the audience (tribe members) why this same man is called “the Sage”?

    I myself consider that question to be a rethoric one. Meaning all members of the RWT already know the answer.

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    1. clanton1934 says:

      Thank you for your kind words and support.


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