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January 18, 2011

Top 10 Reasons To Cut Military Spending

Filed under: American Empire, New Priorities — Tags: , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 7:35 am

From the Friends Committee on National Legislation.  This excellent list is especially good because every point is footnoted. [By the way – we spend more on military bands than we do on the entire Foreign Service.]

http://www.fcnl.org/issues/item.php?item_id=4010&issue_id=18

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January 12, 2011

Drastic Cuts In Military Spending

Filed under: 25% solution, New Priorities — Tags: , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 7:42 am

If you want “drastic cuts,” don’t buy into the shell game Defense Secretary Gates is operating.  He just wants to move money from one unnecessary weapons system to another.  For real reform, look at www.smartsecuritypa.org.  We can do better.

January 5, 2011

Cut Military Spending – Who Gets The Money?

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

The tussle starts tomorrow over how to cut the military budget, and the question of Gates staying in his job is part of the equation.  But this Reuters article gives an idea of which weapons systems are on the chopping block.

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE7035VO20110105?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+reuters%2FtopNews+%28News+%2F+US+%2F+Top+News%29&utm_content=Google+Feedfetcher

January 3, 2011

War vs. Education

Filed under: New Priorities — Tags: , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 3:16 pm

Co-editor Jane Dugdale wrote this letter to the Editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer.  Military spending is the giant maw gobbling up money that should be going to education, health, infrastructure, etc.  Why don’t you write a letter?

To the Editor:

Neighboring Hatboro-Horsham School District is allegedly experiencing “class warfare” between teachers and residents offended by the “high” pay and benefits of teachers. Let’s hope that Radnor and other districts can grasp what the real “class warfare” is and resist pitting ordinary citizens against each other.

Overlooked by most people is the fact that state support for local districts has been slashed because federal support to states has been slashed. Federal support to states comes from the “discretionary” budget, revenued by IRS taxes, more than half of which now goes to military spending. The National Priorities Project estimates military spending at 59 percent of the discretionary budget and growing.

So the money that should be subsidizing local spending is being siphoned off at an accelerating rate by the military to fund wars and weapons that people increasingly regard as needless and wasteful. Needless and wasteful they may be to working people, but extremely lucrative to those supplying the weapons and warfare.

“Class warfare” is indeed what is happening to our communities, but it is not between working people and teachers, whose unions are trying to maintain middle-class salaries and benefits for their members. The real class warfare is between working people in general, including teachers, and the powerful and wealthy leaders of what many call the “military-industrial-congressional complex,” who are delighted to see working people fighting amongst themselves. To save our communities from bankruptcy and social disintegration, military spending should be “on the cutting table” as Congress and the president begin work on the next budget.

Sincerely,

Jane Swift Dugdale, Bryn Mawr

November 24, 2010

25% Solution Has A New Name

Filed under: New Priorities — Tags: , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 11:55 am

The national organization working to drastically cut military spending and make funds available to our communities has been called “25% solution” and “move the money” and “safe security” and a few other things.  But it has adopted the name “New Priorities” because it wants this country to readjust its priorities to provide adequate funding for daycare centers, libraries, firehouses, hospitals, bridges, mass transit, green energy and to stop wasting our treasure on wars and weapons. So “New Priorities” is now a category in the list on the right and clicking on it will take you to articles on the subject.  The New Priorities Network’s under-construction website is www.newprioritiesnetwork.org.

November 2, 2010

Lose The ROTC!

Filed under: 25% solution, New Priorities — Tags: , , , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 5:11 pm

When one wonders about cutting the military budget by 25% to provide funds for our communities, ROTC has to come to mind.  It is a gigantic operation at universities, colleges, and high schools across the land.  It militarizes our educational system and dilutes its academic standards.  Years ago the Ivy League schools stopped giving it course credit because it was so mindless and now offer it as an extracurricular activity like the frisbee club or humor magazine.  Worse yet, it costs so much money.  This year’s budget sets aside $1.328 billion for it.  Worse yet, it uses up three times the budget of the Peace Corps ($446 million).  And most people would agree that the Peace Corps does more good for this nation than ROTC.  A far more efficient way to create military officers is to send competent college graduates to OCS.  It is a path that has been proven over many years.

October 22, 2010

The British Budget Cuts And Our Security

Pay close attention to what’s going on in the UK.  The relatively puny cuts in military budgets there will mean larger cuts in domestic programs, and if the Republicans win on November 2, we can expect attacks on Social Security here. And even if the GOP doesn’t win, the Catfood Commission will probably avoid military cuts and endorse cuts to Social Security.  We need the 25% solution. Paul Krugman today in the Times (www.nytimes.com) also talks about the Brits misguided program which seems to be getting its advice directly from Andrew Mellon.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/britains-budget-cuts—wi_b_771570.html?ref=email_share

October 14, 2010

Frank/Paul “Dear Collegue Letter” Arrives

Fifty-five members of Congress signed the letter written by Barney Frank and Ron Paul calling on the Catfood Commission to recommend drastic reductions in military spending.  If you recall, when President Obama set up this Alan Simpson-led deficit commission, he said cuts in military spending were off the table.  Frank and Paul say that if there aren’t such cuts, we’ll never pull out of our domestic nosedive.

http://warisacrime.org/content/55-congress-members-urge-military-budget-cuts

September 22, 2010

Medicaid Ranks Swell As Jobs Disappear

Filed under: 25% solution, economics, Medicare — Tags: , , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 6:41 am

Requests for help from Medicaid have grown 56% in the last ten years as more and more families and seniors reach out for help.  It makes a good case for the 25% solution – funding our communities by cutting military spending – and Medicare For All – a health system free of the profit motive.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10264/1089031-28.stm?utm_source=PA2010.com+First+Read+Opt-In+List&utm_campaign=359dca4b68-The+First+Read+9%2F22&utm_medium=email

August 16, 2010

Gates Tries To Head Off 25% Cuts

Filed under: 25% solution — Tags: , , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 6:09 am

This article suggests that Gates is doing the old “bait and switch”  – cutting budget a tiny bit to distract the critics.  But Lefcourt points out that if this is a “dangerous world,” most of our “defense” spending won’t do any good.  A woman I know said “How can we leave Afghanistan and abandon all those poor women?”  Building some schools will do far more good than missile submarines and another battalion or three of Marines.

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Secretary-of-Defense-Gates-by-Dave-Lefcourt-100814-599.html

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