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Luke Lenard

Co-Founder, Clean Our Oneida Lakes (C.O.O.L.)

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Changing the U.S.A.'s focus from militarism to humanitarian efforts and social projects.

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Since the end of the Cold War, the U.S.A. has been the world’s only “superpower”. We have since then maintained the largest peace time military budget this world has ever seen. Today politicians argue about what programs should be cut and which should have less funding. From the perspective of an 18 year old student from Wisconsin I have come to the conclusion that it is time for us to end our reign as world’s largest military budget and instead focus on things that matter.
You may ask,” What matters?” My answer would be you. You matter and because you matter, that is what we should focus on. We should give a truly universal health care system in this country, equalize the wealth disparity (I’m not saying eliminate it, just prevent there from being a 40 billionaire and 10 dollar person in this country at the same time), and then lead the world in humanitarian aid in the rest of the world (I know that we already donate a ton but we can do more).
I ask you why not do something completely radical for a change! Instead of taxpayer money going to a million dollar missile, we pay for 10000 trees to be planted. Instead of a new war, we start a new railroad system. Instead of a culture of militarism, we create a culture of filled with humanitarians.

Thank you to all who read this and please be thoughtful with any suggestions or comments.


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    Aug 18 2011: Thanks for the post. I think one of the first things that needs to be done is to make all the political campaigns clean from economical support from lobbyists. The companies who benefits from war do contribute much money to the campaigns and can set some of the agenda when the president/congress are in power.

    I would like to see a public funded campaign where the candidates doesn't need to "sell their soul" to get elected.

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