MainLine Peace Action/DelMont PDA

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/

March 4, 2011

Save Elmo And Cut The Military

Filed under: economics, New Priorities — Tags: , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 2:04 pm

Our friend Owen Powell, who is a fellow member of   Main Line Peace Action, had this great opinion piece in last week’s Delco Times.  We share his frustration at the massive domestic spending cuts proposed in Congress (including Elmo!) at the same time our solons ignore the elephant in the room: military spending.  Do read Owen.

http://www.delcotimes.com/articles/2011/02/28/opinion/doc4d6b2dec145a8918851321.txt?viewmode=fullstory

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 8, 2011

NYT/CBS Poll On Cutting The Deficit

Filed under: American Empire, New Priorities — Tags: , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 5:16 pm

http://blogs.alternet.org/speakeasy/2011/02/04/americans-if-youre-going-to-cut-cut-military-spending-not-safety-nets/

February 6, 2011

What Would It Cost To Save The World?

Filed under: New Priorities — Tags: — Walter Ebmeyer @ 6:12 am

February 5, 2011

A Letter From Bucks County

Filed under: economics, New Priorities — Tags: , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 7:28 am

Our Bucks County friend, Cathy Leary, has had this letter to the editor published.  We encourage you to do the same.  Go to http://www.publishaletter.com/writealetter.jsp.  That website will take you by the hand.

http://www.phillyburbs.com/news/news_details/article/577/2011/february/03/less-money-for-war-more-money-for-health-care.html

February 4, 2011

What Is “Smart Security”?

Filed under: New Priorities — Tags: , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 7:56 am

The Pennsylvania contingent of the New Priorities campaign is called “Smart Security” and you can find out more about it at the website www.smartsecuritypa.org.  Why is it called “smart security”?

The United States neither needs nor can afford the gigantic military structure we now have spread across our country and around the world. That is not a smart way to protect ourselves.

1. Smart Security means maintaining armed forces of sufficient size and competence to defend the United States from foreign attack. That should require a relatively small army, air force, and navy.

2. Smart Security means defending the United States without bankrupting it. We now spend about half our discretionary budget on the military and we can not afford the sort of health, education, housing, transportation, and energy programs we need.

3. Smart Security means presenting a reasonable and friendly face to the world. It means not kindling hatred against us and motivating people in other countries to attack us.

4. Smart Security means divesting ourselves of the thousand overseas bases we now operate – bases that get us involved in local politics, cost us a fortune, and encourage us to act as if we had an empire.

5. Smart Security means developing the sort of sustainable economy that does not depend on the importation of oil, with all the diplomatic and military entanglements that generates.

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

February 1, 2011

Public Uninformed On Military Costs

Filed under: American Empire, New Priorities — Tags: , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 3:36 pm

This Rasmussen Poll informs us that millions and millions of Americans think the US spends not enough on defense.  There is a lot of information to distribute.  For accurate information on the problem, go to www.smartsecuritypa.org.

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_politics/january_2011/voters_underestimate_how_much_u_s_spends_on_defense

January 30, 2011

Ron Paul, Ralph Nader, and FOX News!

What a combination!  The leading Congressional Libertarian and a leading progressive discuss (and agree about!) the Fed, the military, corporatism, and health care!  You have to see it.

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