Why developed countries spend much on arms and less on proverty?
26 Oct 08
Developed countries will always spend less on poverty because there is less poverty in their countries. If they have a lot of poverty then the country is not really developed enough. Undeveloped countries spend more on arms than poverty as well. The arms are to keep the leaders in power.
• United States
26 Oct 08
I agree with the previous commenter and will also add that developed countries, by and large, have more to fear when it comes to safety. To maintain the quality of life for their citizens, peace (within their own borders) is a necessity. If the populace is constantly fearing armed invasion and the like, it is very difficult for them to put their energy into making the country grow. To say countries put money into arms because they are "showing off" is wrong. This isn't a game of who has the biggest toys, real lives are on the line. In most developed countries, poverty is a minority of the population. And is also a relative term. Poverty in the U.S. is not the same thing as poverty in India. The number of people starving in the U.S. is tiny compared with some other countries in the world. So, when you say spend less on poverty, what do you mean? As long as people make different amounts in terms of income, there will always be rich and poor. Is it the government's job to make all of equal in terms of our income no matter what our contribution?