Let's talk about deficit reductions.
Obama’s talk of “smallest domestic budget since Eisenhower” means we have the largest defense budget in history. Another $80 billion budget boom is outlined in The Seattle Times: “Navy preparing to replace aging Trident submarine.”
Nuclear subs today cost $6 billion to $7 billion each, the usual DOD overruns notwithstanding. The U.S. is hated militarily, and the state of Washington cut welfare funds for 5,555 low-income families, because the federal budget leaves little for human services.
The future of our youth, determined by neo conservatives, is “you’re on your own. We don’t take care of each other.”
Do you feel safer with weapons of war produced and ready to launch in our backyards?
Is it OK to let corporations (Boeing, Lockheed-Martin, Chevron, BP, Northrup-Grumman and the 25 making billions each year off the war in Afghanistan) have the rights of people under the U.S. Constitution? Do we want corporations running U.S. foreign and domestic policies?
We see trillions of dollars again going to the Middle East (78 percent of the U.S. population opposes war in Afghanistan) enraging not only global neighbors, but you and me. These policies must stop.
Wars and weapons mean 75 percent of our federal budget is spent on U.S. armed presence and threats (we choose death threats, not life support). Twenty-five percent may be left for some education, veterans’ and U.S. health care, and Social Security.
Weapons don’t create safety; jobs do.
Are we going to allow corporate-militarism to choose our future?