Some Odious Comparisons

My Brain Dropping #131

          Odious Comparisons.  “Comparisons are odious!”(Detestable.),said Miguel De Cervantes, Christopher Marlowe and Jack Kerouac.  So here are some detestable comparisons.
          Today, more women die in childbirth and pregnancy related causes than at any point in the last 25 years in the U.S.  The U.S. is one of only seven countries in the world having an increase in maternal mortality over the past decade – Afghanistan and South Sudan among them.  Mothers in Iran, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Serbia and Greece have a better chance of surviving pregnancy than U.S. women.  Black women are 3 to 4 times more likely to die from pregnancy related causes than white women. The root cause is poverty.
          Odious comparison.  And yet the Republican pricks, who now rule over both houses of Congress are planning to cut WIC, the supplementary food program for mothers and infants, and funding for the breast feeding support program.  The U.S. is the only country in the developed world without paid maternity leave.  It’s just as George Carlin said:  “If you’re a pre-born fetus, all these motherfuckers will fight for your right to be born. But after you’re born – you’re fucked!”
          Odious comparison.  Corporations, world wide, have stockpiled over 32 trillion dollars in off-shore accounts to escape taxes.  3 trillion would be enough to eradicate world poverty! 
          American college students now owe tuition debt of 1.3 trillion dollars.  That’s more than credit card debt.  The average student debt upon graduation is $30,000.  College tuition has increased by 50%, a rate greater than inflation, over a ten year period. State funding at state schools have been cut by 14%.  At one time some states paid 75% of state college funding.  It is now down to 20%.  For public schools, 35 states have reduced funding by as much as 10%, Oklahoma cut funding by 23%.
          Odious comparison.  The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fighter plane has racked up a cost overrun of 7 billion dollars.  The overall cost of the development of this death-machine is nearly 400 billion dollars with another 700 billion during the program’s lifetime.
          Odious comparison.  400 billion dollars could provide every homeless person in the U.S. a $600,000 home.
          But so compelling is the paranoid, siren call of national defense, and the jobs it creates at the expense of innocent victims blown to pieces in lands far away, that even Vermont’s Congressional delegation, including Bernie Sanders feel that at 200 million dollars per copy, it is  worth it.  Perhaps Bernie, Patrick and Peter would like to hear an evaluation of this remarkable aircraft they are championing, from Pierre Sprey the co-designer of its predecessor, the F-16. ” The F-35 is a lemon aircraft – an excessively heavy gas guzzler with low bomb-carry capacity, low loiter time, incapable of slow flight and detectible by WWII low frequency radar.” And it catches fire standing on the tarmac.  But it is a goddamn job creator!

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