…by Jonas E. Alexis
You may want to hold your breath for a moment. The Pentagon, the government agency which pretentiously tells us ad nauseam that they do not believe in conspiracy theory or things which cannot be scientifically proven, spent millions of tax dollars on UFO. Yes, you’ve heard it correctly.
And how much money have they spent so far? At least $22 million! Has anyone provided serious evidence which even remotely suggests that UFOs actually exist? Has any serious scientist come forward and produced serious data showing how this is a serious research?
No. Luis Elizondo, a career intelligence official, said, “We were trying to take the voodoo out of voodoo science.” How are you going to do that without presenting a viable scientific theory which can be observed objectively?
And was it really necessary for the government to use tax money to support such an enterprise? Couldn’t we use this money to do something meaningful for decent Americans who are trying to put food on the table and feed their families? Couldn’t that money be used to support decent and struggling students who are being buried beneath the avalanche of student loans? Couldn’t the government support schools that are making decent and meaningful progress with that kind of money?
With student loans burying the average student in debt, where some owe as much as $85,000, it certainly will take a while for those students to get out of the sinkhole. By September 2012, it was reported that one in five U.S. households suffered from student loan debt. What is more disheartening is that some borrowers have tricked students so that those students have no way to get out of debt.
One student, Jenny Hecht, is a graduate from the University of Michigan with a master’s degree in social work. She has a job that pays less than $40,000 a year with a student loan of $75,000. Although she seems to be happy with her livelihood, she complains,
“I don’t want to sound like a victim, because I chose this career. We live a modest lifestyle. We’re able to pay our bills and stay afloat, except that this student loan debt is hanging over our heads always.”
Ann Marie Gorden is another student with a debt of $130,000. In her first job, Gorden only made $28,000 a year with a loan payment of $700 on her back which only covered the interest. Thankfully, she found a new job where she made $45,000 a year. Still, that is not enough to cover the debt, which will economically cripple her for years to come—if not her lifetime.
Aaron Marks, who graduated in 2012 from Carnegie Mellon University with a business degree, owes $191,000 in student loans. Marks knew what was happening, but nevertheless lamented, “You don’t really think about what it actually means to have a house worth of debt, on a higher interest rate than a mortgage, until you’re getting close to graduating and thinking about having to repay them.”
In short, it is not enough for government agencies to promote perpetual lies and perpetual wars in the Middle East and elsewhere. They have to fund spurious enterprises as well. The sad part is that no one has been able to tell us that a good thing has come out of such enterprises. What have we really learned so far about UFOs that is actually good for humanity?
The Pentagon and other government agencies are more than welcome to research UFOs in their own spare time and using their own money. But they are not welcome to use tax money to support things like that. I don’t ususally agree with Neil DeGrasse Tyson, but he seems to get it right on the UFO stuff this time.
-  “Pentagon Spent $22 Million on UFO Research, Reports Say,” Military, December 17, 2017.
-  Ibid.
-  Ron Lieber, “Answering Questions on Student Loan and the Murky Future,”NY Times, September 14, 2012
-  Hope Yen, “Student Loan Debt Hits Record 1 in 5 U.S. Households,” Christian Science Monitor, September 27, 2012.
-  See “Student Debt Debacles,” NY Times, October 24, 2012.
-  Amanda Paulson, “Life with Big Student Debt: Tales from Four College Graduates,” Christian Science Monitor.
-  Ibid.
-  Ibid.
Jonas E. Alexis has degrees in mathematics and philosophy. He studied education at the graduate level. His main interests include U.S. foreign policy, the history of the Israel/Palestine conflict, and the history of ideas. He is the author of the new book, Kevin MacDonald’s Metaphysical Failure: A Philosophical, Historical, and Moral Critique of Evolutionary Psychology, Sociobiology, and Identity Politics. He teaches mathematics in South Korea.