MainLine Peace Action/DelMont PDA

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.

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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

December 13, 2010

The Hidden Cost Of War

Filed under: American Empire, New Priorities — Tags: , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 5:39 am

Bush administration estimates of the cost of war weren’t even close.  This video talks about the real cost. The New Priorities Network and Smart Security PA want drastic cuts in military spending to save our communities.  For more on this, go to http://smartsecuritypa.org

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.