Re: Fly me to the Moon
The US spending hundreds of billions on the military budget whilst starving education and other social services certainly hasn't helped the economy, overall;
Please note that the US Department of Defense ($700 billion/year) is only the third largest department in the US federal government. It is smaller than two social service departments, Department of Health and Human Services ($1 trillion per year) and the Social Security Administration ($900 billion per year).
Overall, defense and security spending in the US amount to 17-18% of the federal budget (the total budget, not that "discretionary spending" pie chart circling teh interwebs). If you think that taking every penny out of defense for social services is going to fix the US's social problems, then you haven't looked at the shambolic state of the US's social services and what they're doing with more than $2 trillion a year, currently.