On poverty, inequality, healthcare, education and social insurance, why is the United States an outlier from what are considered societal norms in other wealthy countries?  One answer is the enormous amount of money the U.S. spends on militarism.

Since 2001, the United States has allocated $15 trillion (in FY2022 dollars) to its military budget, outspending its 20 closest military competitors combined. The U.S. spends far more of its GDP (the total value of goods produced and services) on the military than any of the other 29 NATO countries—3.7% in 2020 compared to 1.77%.  Peace Action) The military cannot account for $21 trillion.--- Truthdig  If that money would have been wisely, for the benefit of the world, there would be no refugee problem today. The number of immigrants jailed by ICE has increased 70 percent since the start of the Biden administration. And we continue to lock up children, nearly 15,000 daily, in large-scale facilities and military bases. These conditions have been exacerbated by the pandemic. ICE has done little to keep COVID-19 at bay, spreading infections not only inside immigration jails, but also in surrounding communities and to other countries through the deportations of thousands of immigrants.  Remember that Christ was a refugee. When we offer hospitality to the homeless refugees, we are doing it for Christ as well.  ---Don Timmerman

"Why are deadly weapons being sold to those who plan to inflict untold suffering on individuals and society? Sadly, the answer, as we all know, is simply for money: money that is drenched in blood, often innocent blood. In the face of this shameful and culpable silence, it is our duty to confront the problem and to stop the arms trade." --Pope Francis.