MainLine Peace Action/DelMont PDA

April 1, 2011

Is This How How You Want To Spend Your Money?

Filed under: 25% solution, New Priorities — Tags: , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 2:49 pm

Members of Main Line Peace Action and DelMont Progressive Democrats of America put together a Power Point presentation on how military spending is screwing around our priorities and our domestic needs.  This has now become an eleven-minute YouTube video here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v20Vm33Rx10.  We hope you’ll look at it and forward it on to your friends.

March 25, 2011

Are All Our Dollars Buying Us Smart Security?

Filed under: 25% solution, American Empire, New Priorities — Tags: , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 2:22 pm

A group of citizens in Delaware and Montgomery Counties, Pennsylvania (members of Main Line Peace Action and the DelMont Chapter of Progressive Democrats of America,  agreed that it would not be possible to make progress in education, renewable energy, healthcare, infrastructure or anything else until we reined in military spending. The Frank-Paul Report on that subject had just been released, the National Priorities Project was generating important statistics on military spending and its effect on localities, and New Priorities, a group of Barney Frank’s constituents interested in the “25% solution,”  were starting to spread the word.  Our local group committed itself to bringing the  message to Pennsylvania on this vital subject and developed a Power Point presentation that became this video on YouTube.  We hope you will watch it and share it with your friends.  Much depends on it.

March 13, 2011

Unnecessary And Unworkable Weapons Systems

Filed under: 25% solution, New Priorities — Tags: , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 6:00 pm

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/03/12/opinion/20100313_Pentagonsboondoggles.html?ref=opinion

March 8, 2011

$1.2 Trillion A Year For Defense – Or Is It $1.3 Trillion?

Filed under: 25% solution, New Priorities — Tags: , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 10:15 am

Chris Hellman of National Priorities wrote this article for TomGram.  He knows his  ways around the federal budget, and what he found out about military spending is going to amaze you.    www.tomdispatch.com/blog//175361/

February 19, 2011

The Real Story Of Military Spending

Filed under: 25% solution, New Priorities — Tags: , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 6:19 am

Kevin Zeese, Executive Director of  Prosperity Agenda, has written this article that beautifully sets forth the  position of the Pennsylvania Smart Security campaign (www.smartsecuritypa.org).  He points out that we spend much more on military bands each year than we do on public broadcasting, but it is the latter that is threatened.  A fighter jet in training uses as much fuel in an hour as an average motorist in two years, but spending on the jet is “off the table.”  Citizens who want to understand what’s happening to our budget and our debt, must read this article.

 

http://www.prosperityagenda.us/node/4653

February 3, 2011

Bernie Sanders To The Rescue Again

Filed under: 25% solution, New Priorities — Tags: , , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 7:19 am

Bernie Sanders added a line to last year’s defense appropriations bill that required the Pentagon to list contractors convicted of fraud and barred from future defense work.  The report is out, and many “barred” contractors are still doing DoD work.  Worth a read, especially now that we’re so concerned about military spending.

http://www.boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2011/02/department_of_d.html

January 27, 2011

Republicans Split on Cutting Military Spending

Filed under: 25% solution, New Priorities — Tags: , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 6:34 am

It’s one thing to campaign on cutting spending (as the Tea Party candidates did), but it’s another to actually make some cuts, especially in the Pentagon budget (where the money is).  And if a Republican congressman has a big military base in his district, or if he got buckets of campaign money from defense contractors, what’s he to do?

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/27/us/politics/27pentagon.html?hp

January 25, 2011

A Look At Global Militarization

Filed under: 25% solution, American Empire, New Priorities — Tags: , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 4:48 pm

Yes You Can! Cut Military Spending!

Filed under: 25% solution, American Empire, New Priorities — Tags: , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 9:33 am

This is a good very short video on making drastic cuts to military spending.  For more information, go to www.smartsecuritypa.org.  “Smart security” means investing wisely in defense against real enemies – terrorist or otherwise – but not continuing to fight the Cold War or worse.  Someone said the US Navy has been cruising around for sixty years looking for the Japanese Imperial Navy.   We’ve got to stop that sort of thing.

January 19, 2011

The Cato Institute On Military Spending

Filed under: 25% solution, New Priorities — Tags: , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 7:13 am

The Cato Institute is a conservative think tank that, like Ron Paul below, we don’t often quote.  But on the subject of military spending we agree to a great extent.  It is this convergence of thinking beteen the left and the right that makes us optimistic about the chances of really taking a large bite out of “defense” spending.

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