500 Billion Dollars!


 500 Billion Dollars! That’s what the Iraq war has cost us so far. So next time someone tells you that we have done good things over there, ask them to ponder whether it was worth 500 Billion Dollars! Couldn’t we have just put a 10 million dollar price tag on Saddam Hussein and gotten the same result?

I studied economics so I know that when you spend 500 Billion Dollars that it goes to someone, in this case war profiteers and the like. Couldn’t we have just rebuilt our ghettoes for 500 Billion dollars? You know, perhaps set a shining example to the world about the wonders of life in a free loving society.

Bill Hicks used to end his shows with these words of ignored wisdom:

The world is like a ride at an amusement park. It goes up and down and round and round. It has thrills and chills and it’s very brightly coloured and it’s very loud and it’s fun, for a while. Some people have been on the ride for a long time, and they begin to question: Is this real, or is this just a ride? And other people have remembered, and they come back to us, they say, “Hey – don’t worry, don’t be afraid, ever, because, this is just a ride…” But we always kill those good guys who try and tell us that, you ever notice that? And let the demons run amok. Jesus – murdered; Martin Luther King – murdered; Malcolm X – murdered; Gandhi – murdered; John Lennon – murdered; Reagan… wounded. But it doesn’t matter because: It’s just a ride. And we can change it anytime we want. It’s only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings and money. A choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love, instead, see all of us as one. Here’s what we can do to change the world, right now, to a better ride. Take all that money that we spend on weapons and defenses each year and instead spend it feeding and clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would many times over, not one human being excluded, and we could explore space, together, both inner and outer, forever, in peace.

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