WTF are you getting your figures from? 135 billion to "totally" eradicate poverty? You mean poverty will stop the minute we put that money in? If that's the case, I'm all behind it. But if you are trying to tell me that dumping this money into this endless pit of benevolence is going to stop all the teenage pregnancies, all the out of wedlock births (which is proportional to poverty) of black women currently at 73%, and even 90% in places like detroit, stop all the obama phones, end HUD, close down all the projects, then you must think I was born yesterday.<quoted text>Modern warfare- a 70 million dollar jet drops a 350 thousand dollar bomb on a 10 dollar tent. But using drones is wrong.
The USA should invade the USA and win the hearts and minds of the population by building roads, bridges, schools, new power plants, etc, etc, etc and putting the locals back to work.
The world spent $1,735 billion on war in 2012, it would take approximately $135 billion to totally eradicate poverty.
"Where does all the money go? It is really quite simple. Governments at all levels, federal, state, and local, spend about $1.1 trillion a year on pensions, including Social Security and government employee pensions. Governments spend about $1.1 trillion a year on health care, principally Medicare and Medicaid. Governments spend about $0.8 trillion a year on education at all levels, principally at the local government level. The federal government spends about $0.9 trillion a year on defense, including the Departments of Defense, State, and Veterans Affairs. Governments spend $0.6 trillion on welfare programs. All other spending amounts to $1.6 trillion, including interest on the national debt. It all adds up to $6.2 trillion."
So your claim is that if we increase welfare spending by a little over 50% for one year, that will totally wipe out poverty.