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March 10, 2011

“That’s Where The Money Is”

Filed under: New Priorities — Tags: , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 2:52 pm

Our co-editor Jane Dugdale has sent this letter to the editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Dear Editor:
Senators facing a budget deadline may be looking for an “agreement that would
target the big-budget programs that drive up federal debt, including Medicare
and the military,” but tax-payers need to know that these two “big-budget
programs” are hardly comparable. Medicare, like Social Security, another target
of “deficit hawks,” is not part of the discretionary budget, as is military
spending, because — remember?– Medicare and Social Security have their own
revenue streams. Yes, unlike military spending, they take in revenue instead
of just spending it.

Only military spending is part of the discretionary budget that the spending
bills actually address, and according to the non-partisan National Priorities
Project, military spending now grabs $1.2 trillion of our tax dollars. Yes,
trillion. It is because of this huge chunk of spending that “nondefense
domestic discretionary programs… make up only 12 percent of federal spending.
” Senators are trying to cut fat from bare bones by focusing on
“nondefense domestic” spending alone for budget cuts.

Willie Sutton was famously asked, “Why do you rob banks?” and he famously
answered, “Because that’s where the money is.” Why should military spending be
on the cutting table? Because that’s where the money is.

Jane Dugdale
284 S. Roberts Rd.
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
610 527 4170

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