One BIG reason the U.S. lacks enough ICU beds for COVID patients
By Hatrick Penry
I keep hearing on the news how ICU beds at American hospitals are overflowing with unvaccinated COVID patients and that it is entirely the fault of the unvaccinated.
When I hear this I hearken back to President Eisenhower’s farewell address where he warned about the military industrial complex and how much we were spending on defense and to wage foreign wars. President Eisenhower pointed out that each battleship we built cost the equivalent of a new hospital. He warned about the military industrial complex, how big it had grown and how much treasure it consumed each year. Treasure that could not be spent here at home on things such as hospitals or schools because it was being allocated to the military industrial complex.
This was Eisenhower’s point: money spent building battleships is money that cannot be spent on building hospitals.
(Below: the USS Zumwalt (construction began in 2009) was built at a cost of around $4 billion dollars per ship. The Iowa class battleship (built from 1940-44) cost approximately $100 million dollars per ship)
Now fast forward to the year 2021. The Afghanistan war (an illegal war) of 20 years has come to an end. President Biden has publicly stated that U.S. taxpayers spent over 2 trillion dollars to finance the war. A quick check on the internet reveals that the cost of a hospital to be built (in the year 2021) ranges from 60 million to 187.5 million.
Let’s go on the high side and say it costs $200 million to build a hospital at current market rates. Now divide that into the $2 trillion spent in Afghanistan and we end up with the figure of 10,000.
That is 10,000 hospitals that could have been built instead of waging an illegal war in a foreign land; something our founding fathers warned us about.
“America… goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy.” -John Adams
But let’s lowball these numbers and say we could have built 5,000 hospitals instead of financing a failure of a 20 year war overseas. Do you think 5,000 hospitals could have eased our current ICU bed overload?
How sleazy and unfair it is to blame the unvaccinated for our current hospital crisis. Is it not our leaders who decided to spend money on endless foreign wars instead of building hospitals (and schools, roads and bridges for that matter) here at home? Is it not a failure of government when a choice is made between building engines of war instead of hospitals of healing?
Do Americans have any fault in our current hospital crisis? Did we stand by and let corrupt politicians spend out tax money on bombs and guns instead of doctors or teachers?
It’s obvious to me that, like the Afghanistan war, our corrupt Federal government has also been a complete failure for many, many years. The problem is systemic. It’s not something we can vote our way out of. Something needs to change and that change has to first manifest in the mentality of the American public. We need to not just talk about becoming a kinder, gentler nation but actually take action to show we have had a change of heart and that we really are a more compassionate people.
In summation: it is grossly unfair to blame unvaccinated Americans for our lack of ICU beds in our nation’s hospitals when our government squandered trillions of taxpayer dollars on failed foreign wars. Trillions that could have easily been spent on hospitals, housing and mental health care for our homeless, schools and teacher salaries, rebuilding infrastructure such as bridges and roads, feeding hungry Americans etc.
It seems to me the question that we face is a simple one: do we want to build more battleships or more hospitals?