Let me ask you something. Which is more important to you?
This: or This?
I came across an article the other day written by Angel Bradbery in The Public Citizen News. In the article, she provides the reader with a few facts that many of us don’t really hear about in the news. Whether this is by design or default, I am not yet sure, but I thought it important enough to share what I’ve learned from her article.
Has anyone ever from the News, the Pentagon, or the White House ever discuss these statistics with the American people? They’re a bit daunting, but I’m willing to share these numbers with you because it’s one of those ponderous decisions the American people are never asked about.
In May of this year, the Public Citizen states the Pentagon wishes to have the White House cut $200 billion annually from the 2020 budget from the Military’s current $716 billion and put that money into something else, like human beings. In Mr. Trump’s budget for 2020 he’s asking for a five percent increase in military spending.
In contrast, Mr. Trump’s budget for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Transportation, Department of Agriculture, Department of Energy and Department of Health and Human Services, among other departments would receive a ten percent decrease in spending.
What’s wrong with this picture?
A new group formed called “Put People over the Pentagon” and twenty-two other groups sent a letter to all of the presidential candidates running for the office. The letter said, and I quote:
“The military-industrial complex has driven Pentagon spending to insane levels – more than in the next seven countries combined,” said Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen. “As a direct result, we are less secure, mired in endless war and told — untruthfully — that the nation does not have the money needed to address our most urgent priorities.”
The letter goes on to say: “It is time to stop misdirecting hundreds of billions of dollars away from domestic and human needs to pad unnecessary budget lines for endless wars, failed weapons, and the Pentagon’s corporate handouts.
Doing so ‘will make our country stronger and more just.”
“Put People over the Pentagon suggests military spending must be reduced by at least $200 billion annually which frees up $2 trillion or mover over the next decade for domestic and human needs. The group believes the United States can still maintain their security watch over our great nation without sacrificing our citizen’s needs.
The group has created a website called PeopleOverPentagon.org which serves as the primary base of information and content to help America eliminate the Pentagon’s wasteful spending and instead provide our citizen with first-class Medicare and the Green New Deal.
PeopleOverPentagon also calls for the U.S. president never again go to war without congressional authorization. Congress shouldn’t authorize military action unless they have the available funds to pay for it today and tomorrow’s today.
Citizens who’ve signed this letter includes: 350.org, Center for Popular Democracy. Code Pink, Credot Action, Daily Kos, Demand Progress, Democracy for America, Friends Committee on National Legislation, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, Indivisible, Just Foreign Policy, MoveOn.org, National Priorities Project, Peace action, Public Citizen, RootsAction, Social Security Works, United We Dream, Win Without War, Women’s Action for New Directions and World Beyond War.