Which Path to a Safer World?

WHICH PATH TO A SAFER WORLD?    HUMAN NEEDS SPENDING VS. WAR SPENDING    Enroll 2 children in Head Start $14,000  1 Cluster bomb ($6,633 each)      Nutrition supplements for 200,000 ...


Enroll 2 children in Head Start $14,000
1 Cluster bomb ($6,633 each)

Nutrition supplements for 200,000 $130 mil
eligible families not covered (CBPP)
7 unmanned Predator drones

Eradicate polio worldwide (WHO) $275 million
3 tests of missile defense system

Vaccinating 10 million children (WHO) $350 mil
worldwide with best vaccines
6 Trident II missiles

Childcare for 68,000 needy children $413 million
Amphibious Warfare Landing Ship Program

7,000 units of affordable housing $494 million
(NPP, Times)
Military aid to Colombia (1 year)

Minimum support to save Amtrak train service $1.2 billion
(Amtrak/rail passengers/times)
2 months U.S. war force in Afghanistan
(using $700 mil/month)

Annual salary & benefits for $2.1 billion
38,182 elementary school teachers ($55,000 each)
1 Stealth bomber

Minimum annual US share to $3 billion
fight AIDS worldwide (Global AIDS alliance)
3 days of U.S. military spending

78% of what it would take to replace
deteriorating drinking water systems
throughout the nation. $8.6 billion
1-yr budget missile defense system development

Double federal support for mass transit $12 billion
1-year cost of war in Afghanistan
(CDI # from US budget)

Healthcare coverage for 7 million children $16.5 billion
1-year nuclear weapons program

Save 8 million lives worldwide by fighting $27 billion
infectious diseases (TB, malaria, AIDS)
1 month U.S. military spending

Improve, repair, modernize 30,000 schools $66 billion
($2.2 mil/school; Natl Ctr. Ed Statistic)
Virginia-class submarine program

$8,000 for every man, woman $2.3 trillion
and child in the U.S.
War expenses since 1945 for which the Pentagon
has no accounting (per Donald Rumsfeld on CBS news)

Sources: Center for Defense Information (<http://www.cdi.org/>http://www.cdi.org); National Association of Rail Passengers (<http://www.narprail.org/>http://www.narprail.org); Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (<http://www.cbpp.org/>http://www.cbpp.org); National Priorities Project (<http://www.natprior.org/>http://www.natprior.org); World Policy Institute (<http://www.worldpolicy.org/>http://www.worldpolicy.org/projects/arms), Childrens Defense Fund (<http://www.childrensdefense.org/>http://www.childrensdefense.org) UNICEF (<http://www.unicef.org/>http://www.unicef.org); Global AIDS Alliance (<http://www.globalaidsalliance.org/>http://www.globalaidsalliance.org); New York Times (11/12/01; 10/13/02; 3/18/03; 12/05/02); CBS Evening News (1/29/02); World Health Organization (<http://www.who.int/>http://www.who.int); National Center for Education Statistics (nces.ed.gov)

Frida Berrigan
Senior Research Associate
World Policy Institute
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