Slash the Military-Industrial Complex. Cutting the Pentagon Budget in Half Would Finally Force the Generals to Think

Here’s an interesting article about this:  https://www.juancole.com/2023/02/military-industrial-generals.html

 

A new book says Eisenhower was right:  The US military budget is ‘a theft from those who hunger.’  The book also provides information about protesting for peace.  See this:  https://wagingnonviolence.org/cnv/2023/02/eisenhower-was-right-us-military-budget-book-review-trillion-dollar-silencer-joan-roelofs/

 

A new effort in the U.S. House would reduce wasteful Pentagon spending and redirect funds to critical basic needs.

The first few short paragraphs of the article I linked below say this:

Today Reps. Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Mark Pocan (D-WI) reintroduced the People Over Pentagon Act, which would cut $100 billion in defense spending and reallocate the funds to human needs programs.

In a statement, Lee said $100 billion “could power every U.S. household with solar energy; hire one million elementary school teachers amid a worsening teacher shortage; provide free college tuition for two out of three public college students; or cover medical care for seven million veterans.”

“Our national priorities are reflected in our spending,” Lee said. “I encourage my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to ask themselves what would truly provide more benefit to the people of this country: another outdated weapons system, or greater access to basic needs in our communities.”

Pocan added that the legislation “prioritizes urgent needs like health care, education, and infrastructure over padding the pockets of defense contractors.”

“It’s time to invest in our communities and make meaningful change that reflects our nation’s priorities,” he said.

Here is the article:

https://www.chn.org/voices/house-measure-seeks-to-rein-in-wasteful-pentagon-spending-redirect-funds-to-critical-basic-needs/?link_id=5&can_id=1d662460c0abb8939c5044c82927552b&source=email-from-chn-this-week-on-our-voices-for-human-needs-blog-176&email_referrer=email_1828483&email_subject=from-chn-this-week-on-our-voices-for-human-needs-blog

 

Here is new information about waste in the military budget:  https://www.juancole.com/2023/02/industrial-battling-congress.html

 

Recently President Biden — who has been escalating the Ukraine war — expressed worry that this could result in Armageddon (a war destroying human life on Planet Earth).  Even so, this article says that you could still make money NOW if you buy stock in certain companies: President Biden warns that the risk of nuclear ‘Armageddon’ is at its highest point since the Cuban Missile Crisis — 3 top stocks to consider if tensions keep rising (msn.com)

 

Military weapons manufacturers give HUGE amounts of campaign contributions to Congress members of BOTH political parties — and ESPECIALLY to those whose power on certain committees can spend our tax dollars for more military weapons that those companies produce.  In mid-December 2022 it was reported that the new Republican chairs of House armed services and defense appropriations committees made HUGE amounts of money from weapons manufacturers whom they would be enriching for the next two years.  See this:  https://www.opensecrets.org/news/2022/12/incoming-gop-house-armed-services-and-defense-appropriations-chairs-top-recipients-of-defense-sector-contributions/?cache=

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Since the late 1960s Glen Anderson has devoted his life to working as a volunteer for peace, nonviolence, social justice, and progressive political issues. He has worked through many existing organizations and started several. Over the years he has worked especially for such wide-ranging goals as making peace with Vietnam, eliminating nuclear weapons, converting from a military economy to a peacetime economy, abolishing the death penalty, promoting nonviolence at all levels throughout society, and helping people organize and strategize for grassroots movements to solve many kinds of problems. He writes, speaks, and conducts training workshops on a wide variety of topics. Since 1987 he has produced and hosted a one-hour cable TV interview program on many kinds of issues. Since 2017 he has blogged at https://parallaxperspectives.org He lives in Lacey near Olympia WA. You can reach him at (360) 491-9093 glen@parallaxperspectives.org