Invalid comparison and Conclusion that does not follow

I see two issues with this meme: 1. Is the comparison valid? Several reasons why it may not be:

A. Is this comparing averages, or best available vs. average? If the meme had used

For China and

for the US, the comparison would have gone the other way.

B. Are trains of equal importance? If the US has more of other forms of transportation, such as airplanes, trains might be less important in the US and therefore should receive less investment.

2. “Lets spend more money on wars” assumes that the war spending is discretionary. The money we spend on the military is supposed to be to avoid potential disasters. This is a hidden assumption, which makes sense in a meme – but it isn’t a foregone conclusion.

h/t Ruth Johnston


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