Which spending is more effective?Posted by: FreedomBeforeEquality
You have 800B to spend on either Education or on War, which is the most effective way to spend these dollars? Does dropping 800B on Education make a lick of difference in the world versus what you could accomplish with 800B in defense spending? Why?Http://www.Forbes.Com/sites/erikkain/2011/04/17/do-americans-care-more-about-war-than-education/
This is a close one as I think neither money would be used very effectively. As far as defense goes, we have that locked down with current spending. With our military, armed citizenry, geographical isolation and the ultimate ace in the hole, nuclear weapons, no country would dare try to invade the US. If we used the money to wage war with the intent of pillaging and enslaving that might give us some benefit, but were pretty committed to not doing that. The likely result is that the military would buy some more expensive toys. The education money would probably be at least partly used for higher teacher salaries, that would probably lead to some better qualified people being hired as teachers.
You need smart people to sustain your country and run it. What is the point having stupid people in charge of your national defense?
How do you think America became such a leading scientific and industrial power? By fighting over bits of oil-rich land in the Middle East?
If the money is spent reforming our already flawed education system, then yes. If its simple to sustain the status quo, then either option is good.
I'm leaning toward this being the better money spent. Education is widely wasted in the end, teaching everyone under the guise that they have potential and to the goal of filling a limited number of positions that exist anyways. Military spending seems a tad more direct and can be focused better on a specific task. Education is a blanket endeavor. I do have to tip my hat to the fact that education is effective as it is based on a decentralized government. If you support it over military spending ... I think you'd also have to recognize how much better a program is just being run outside of federal hands. Pretty impressive.