Why Americans Can’t Have Nice Things, David Cay Johnston tells Mark Thompson


Traffic flows past construction work on eastbound Highway 50 in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021. The work is part the California Department of Transportations comprehensive project that would improve Highway 50 with the construction of High Occupancy Vehicle lanes as well as replacing existing pavement. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)


Want to know what we could have done with all of the money we’ve wasted in the Middle East? Look at China.

DC Report’s David Cay Johnston joins The Mark Thompson Show to explain his article, “Why Americans Can’t Have Nice Things”.

David Cay Johnston tells Mark, “We bought ourselves a war we never could win and during the same 20 years China bought itself a very lucrative future by investing in infrastructure….[spending] $29 trillion into their infrastructure.”

Johnston continues:

“For two decades our elected leaders foolishly spent our money trying to impose democracy at the point of a rifle in a country with no democratic culture or tradition. To date, U.S. taxpayers have spent about $2.3 trillion on an undeclared war that cost 2,448 American troops their lives avenging about the same number of lives lost on 9/11/2001. More than 100,000 Afghanis died. This butcher bill comes to more than $6,000 for each American man, woman and child. Our elected leaders borrowed all that money because of federal tax cuts in 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009,  2010, 2012 and 2017.”

Listen the the complete conversation between Mark Thompson and David Cay Johnston below.

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