Over the past few decades, trillions of our tax dollars have flowed into the seemingly bottomless pit of militarism. Budgets for wars and gold-plated weapon systems have climbed – Congress just passed the largest military budget since World War II -- while funds to support our citizens and the communities they live in have moved just as steadily in the opposite direction.
It’s time for the pendulum to swing back. Your year-end gift to Peace Action can give it the push it needs.
Peace Action spent 2010 laying the ground work for what we expect to be a pivotal year in the debate to end the Pentagon spending spree. Political Director Paul Kawika Martin served on U.S. Representative Barney Frank’s Sustainable Defense Task Force because Peace Action, with its chapters and activists across the country, represents the interests of those paying the bill for weapons and war, even as we oppose the policies funded by our taxes.
Debate over how big a military budget is necessary or how quickly we can bring our troops home is vital, so important in fact, it cannot be left to the Generals, politicians and military contractors who have profited from government largesse to date. That’s why Peace Action is playing a leading role in helping build powerful new alliances, at the national and grassroots levels, with unions, human needs and economic justice groups in order to slash bloated Pentagon spending so we can re-invest in more life-affirming priorities.
You and I have to make our stand. The debate about the budget deficit has put military spending reductions on the table, but so far the proposed cuts are modest, while the threat to cut Social Security and other vital human needs programs is dire.
Yours in peace,
Kevin M. Martin
PS: Even Poe would have trouble imagining the horror militarism has visited on the planet. In 2011, let's push the pendulum away from the pit, end runaway military spending to make way for SANE economic policies that provide jobs and stronger communities.
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