Expensive arms race

During 2020, world military expenditures increased to $1.981 trillion, with the three leading military powers comprising 55% of the total. The U.S. increased its military spending to $778 billion, retaining the top spot among war-preparation funders. China hiked its military spending to $252 billion, and Russia raised its outlay to $61.7 billion. What could have been done to alleviate poverty if the mightiest military powers had not poured nearly $2 trillion into preparations for war? The National Priorities Project says the U.S. annual military budget could fund 10 million clean-energy jobs or health care for 208 million adults. Explore the alternative the Church Peace Tax Fund offers!

Harold A. Penner, Akron, Pa.

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