Jobs/Military Fact: Military spending results in less American jobs being created than equal spending on education, health care, or clean energy. According to a 2009 study by the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, for every 1 billion dollars the United States Government spends on the military, 11,600 jobs are created. That same 1 billion dollars spent on clean energy would create 17,100 jobs; on health care, 19,600 jobs are created; and on education, 29,100 jobs are created!
Again, here is the breakdown of jobs created for each 1 billion dollars spent by our government:
Clean Energy: 17,100 (+5,500)
Health Care: 19,600 (+8,000)
Education: 29,100 (+17,500)
As taxpayers who pay for every dollar of military spending, we now know military spending is a poor choice for job creation. Indeed, since 1953 we’ve known that our military spending is in many ways immoral (see “Every Rocket Fired Is A Theft” under Military Facts here in The Democratic Guide). So the multi-billion dollar question is: What will you do about it now? Click on the first link below to see one easy thing you can do to start making a difference today.