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.

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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.

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 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 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

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