By Chris Fry
As millions of workers and poor are desperately facing a catastrophic loss of income from the Coronavirus pandemic that is sweeping the country and the world, now is the time to examine the various stashes of wealth that we producers have created and that the parasitic capitalist class has appropriated. In short, in this time of crisis, we want that money back!
A first place to look is Trump’s expanding nuclear weapons program. A Feb. 26 Bloomberg article reports that the Pentagon has plans to spend a whopping $167 billion over the next five years to “modernize” its gigantic nuclear arsenal.
The Defense Department’s five-year plan on nuclear programs calls for $29 billion for fiscal 2021, $30 billion in 2022 and $33 billion in 2023, before jumping to $37 billion in 2024 and $38 billion in 2025.
The plan includes $25 billion for research and procurement — but not support and operations for — the new Columbia-class intercontinental ballistic missile submarine that begins construction this year, $24 billion for improved nuclear command and control and $23 billion for the Air Force’s B-21 bomber.
The Bloomberg article states that this weapons program has wide support among both Democratic and Republican legislators. These horrendous weapons are designed to terrorize the population of the world into quiet submission to slavery by U.S. imperialism, even while a deadly disease threatens the lives millions of people around the globe.
Trump calls COVID-19 the “China virus” ….