Wild (I hope) Musing Over Military Expenditures

Conservatives are cutting spending everywhere except on weapons.

$16-billion for F-35s, $25-billion for combat ships, probably $2-billion each for how many nuclear submarines? (1) I wonder if they’ll be nuclear armed?

No money for this, no money for that …
but we need to buy LOTS of guns!


Economic troubles are all over the news.

On population (7 billion this month), a Macdonald-Laurier Institute report (2) states that “More food will be eaten over the next half century than has been eaten by human beings since the dawn of history”.

The “next half century”. During which, thanks to climate change, we can expect more and worse floods, droughts, fires and storms to play havoc with our food production.

A person might be excused for wondering if these military expenditures may be Canada’s plan to deal with the convergence of these various global crises. We certainly haven’t seen signs of any other plan, say to cut greenhouse gas emissions or something?

Has anyone noticed whether Harper is stock-piling canned food?

Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada

(1) http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/10/27/submarines-british-nuclear.html

(2) http://www.macdonaldlaurier.ca/files/pdf/Canadian-Agriculture-and-Food-A-Growing-Hunger-for-Change-October-2011.pdf

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