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Budget for People, Peace & Planet

Budget for People, Peace & Planet

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Our Future Security and Prosperity Require Meeting Dire Needs at Home, Cutting the Bloated Military Budget, and Reinvesting in America.
Our Future Security and Prosperity Require Meeting Dire Needs at Home, Cutting the Bloated Military Budget, and Reinvesting in America.

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SIGN-ON LETTER FOR ORGANIZATIONS
To: members of United States Congresscc: President Obama Our Future Security and Prosperity Require Meeting Dire Needs at ome! Cutting t"e #$oated Mi$itary #udget! and Rein%esting in &merica T"e current budget negotiations! sc"edu$ed to be comp$eted on December '(t"! must focus on meeting neg$ected dire needs at "ome) T"is inc$udes:
 &dequate$y
funding critical social needs
! inc$uding food stamps! Socia$ Security! impro%ed and e*panded Medicare for a$$! and pub$ic education inc$uding co$$ege!
Creating a
full employment public jobs
program to +ump start t"e
 green economy
 ,a -reen Ne. Dea$/ 0 ma1ing .ars for oi$ obso$ete and rescuing our c$imate future! and
Rebui$ding
vital infrastructure
)Many of t"ese programs eit"er pay for t"emse$%es ,Socia$ Security/ or sa%e money t"roug" in"erent efficiencies ,Medicare for &$$! c$ean rene.ab$e energy infrastructure/) &dditiona$ re%enue
 
to support ot"er critica$ programs can be dra.n from:
Creating a more
progressive income tax
 for indi%idua$s and corporations as .e$$ as ta*ing
 Wall Street
specu$ation! and
Reducing military spending
 t"at is eit"er .astefu$ or e*cessi%e and aggressi%e! a posture t"at is increasing$y .inning us enemies and $osing us friends)T"e 2' tri$$ion in current annua$ United States mi$itary spending is equi%a$ent to t"e rest of t"e .or$d3s mi$itary budgets combined) & 456 cut .ou$d $ea%e us a budget t"at is sti$$ t.o to t"ree times t"e si7e of C"ina3s! t"e ne*t biggest spender) U)S) mi$itary e*penditures "a%e doub$ed o%er t"e past decade .it"out impro%ing security) &t t"e same time! our s"ift to.ards a po$icy of 8fu$$ spectrum dominance9 and e*panding &merican empire "as pro%en counterproducti%e to peace and security) t mu$tip$ies our enemies see1ing re%enge and it3s tragica$$y e*pensi%e in b$ood and treasure)  &$$ t"is ma1es cutting t"e b$oated mi$itary budget not on$y possib$e! but essentia$) Sa%ings s"ou$d come from t"ese urgent$y0needed reforms:
Instead of being policeman for the world, refocus on defending America.
Using t"e protection afforded by strong natura$ borders! .e s"ou$d uti$i7e t"e traditiona$ approac" of defending our nation from in%asion or mi$itary aggression against our territoria$ integrity) Fortunate$y! t.o of our borders are oceans and t"e ot"er t.o are $ong standing a$$ies! ,Canada and Me*ico/) ;e do not need to mi$itari7e t"ese borders against none*istent mi$itary t"reats or in %io$ation of t"e "uman rig"t to see1 refuge from economic or po$itica$ oppression) & strategy of true defense .i$$ de$i%er t"e biggest sa%ings of a$$! and .i$$ a$$o. us to fina$$y demi$itari7e fo$$o.ing cessation of "osti$ities after ;;! t"e Co$d ;ar and raq) t .i$$ enab$e us to end t"e .ar on terrorism and engage more cooperati%e! effecti%e approac"es to foreign po$icy) ;e s"ou$d
close the
 
,!! ".S. military bases
 and outposts in more t"an '(5 countries! inc$uding <urope! =apan! and Sout" >orea! sa%ing
#!! billion
 a year) ;e do not need e*pensi%e ne. bases to encirc$e C"ina .it" t"e 8&sian Pi%ot)9 ;e must put a "a$t to t"e increasing$y aggressi%e use of drone and specia$ ops stri1es around t"e .or$d 00 ."ic" create more enemies see1ing re%enge) ;e can
 
restore
 
international law, human rights, and diplomacy
 to t"eir rig"tfu$ positions as t"e primary too$s of U)S) foreign po$icy)
$nd the blan% chec%
for .astefu$! unaccountab$e mi$itary spending
 & #!!s of billions
per year) &n attempted audit of t"e DOD by t"e C$inton administration found t"at 2?)( tri$$ion of 2@ tri$$ion in transactions cou$d not be +ustified! suggesting up to a t"ird of DOD e*penses may be due to .aste or fraud) ;ar profiteering by mi$itary contractors s"ou$d be e$iminated and prosecuted) T"e re%o$%ing door bet.een go%ernment and mi$itary contractors s"ou$d be s"ut)
"se government employees
instead of e*pensi%e! fraud0prone contractors 0 up to
#!! billion
per year)
#ring a$$ troops and mi$itary contractors "ome from
Ira' and Afghanistan & #() billion
per year)
Reduce t"e
 
si7e and cost of t"e mi$itaryAs
bac% office bureaucracy & #*! billion
per year)
Ratc"et do.n our numbers of dangerous! e*pensi%e
 nuclear weapons
 0
#+ billion
per year)
 
Russia says it .ou$d matc" t"ese reductions) T"e current effort to upgrade t"ese .eapons undermines nonpro$iferation and disarmament! and encourages t"e spread of nuc$ear .eapons)
<nd t"e production of 
 obsolete or malfunctioning tan%s, planes and weapon systems
t"at are mot"ba$$ed as soon as t"ey are de$i%ered 0
#!s of billions per year 
) <normous funds are spent to refig"t t"e batt$es of ;; and ot"er recent .ars rat"er t"an ref$ecting current mi$itary tactics and needs)
Part of t"e sa%ings from t"e mi$itary cuts s"ou$d be re0in%ested in con%erting mi$itary faci$ities and companies for use in t"e green economy) Mi$itary
wor%ers should be re&trained and employed
 .it" a fi%e year +ob guarantee as part of t"e -reen Ne. Dea$) mpacted communities must "a%e t"e $ead ro$e in p$anning nationa$$y funded! $oca$$y0contro$$ed green economic con%ersion to ensure t"eir transition to a "ea$t"y! +ust peacefu$ future) Sign t"e $etter "ere)For more info! see '5 ;ays to Cut Mi$itary Spending ,$in1/)Sincere$y!
National Organizations (initial)
#ac1bone CampaignCoa$ition &gainst Nu1esCode Pin1Fe$$o.s"ip of Reconci$ationFreepress)org-$oba$ Net.or1 &gainst ;eapons B Nuc$ear Po.er in Space-reen S"ado. Cabinetip op Congressiberty Tree Foundation for t"e Democratic Re%o$utionNo F<&R Coa$itionOrganic Consumers &ssociationPoor Peop$e3s <conomic uman Rig"ts Campaign
 
Popu$arResistance)orgProgressi%e Democrats of &mericaRoots &ctionUS abor &gainst ;ar 
 Additional National Organizations
 &cronym TCamp Casey nstitute for Peace and =usticeFriends B Fami$y of t"e &bra"am inco$n #rigade ,FF&#/Occupy Cat"o$icsOn ;ings Of Care! nc)Pro+ect for Nuc$ear &.arenessRadiation Trut"Ursu$ine Sisters of Ti$don1! U)S) Pro%ince;omen &gainst Mi$itary Madness
State Organizations
Et" Day Center for =ustice ,$$inois/ &merican Friends Ser%ice Committee! Co$orado Office#udget for &$$ ,M&/Ca$$ to &ction ;isconsinCo$orado Coa$ition for t"e Pre%ention of Nuc$ear ;ar -reen Party of Nunger &ction Net.or1 of Ne. or1 StateMaine #ring Our ;ar 22 omeMaine Socia$ =usticeMinnesota &rms Spending &$ternati%es Pro+ect ,MN&S&P/Peace &ction of NSRoc1y Mountain Peace and =ustice Center ;e Refuse to #e <nemies ,CT/
Regional and Local Organizations
T"e &$c"emica$ Nursery Pro+ect! nc) ,Centra$ N/ &s"$and urban orc"ards ,Oregon/#et"$e"em Neig"bors for Peace ,N/
#i+ou Community of Co$orado Springs! CO
#roo1$yn For Peace#ryn Ma.r Peace Coa$ition#TMMCa$ifornia State Uni%ersity -reen PartyCOD<PN> ! ;OM<N FOR P<&C<
CPS! Co$orado Springs 0 Citi7ens for Peace in Space
Diaspora PuertorriqueGaDrone &$ert 0 udson a$$ey ,N/Fairmont! MN Peace -roup

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