There is disagreement in Washington about whether to end the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy, but where both sides do seem to agree is on cutting important social programs that benefit children, the elderly, those in poverty, and working families trying to make it.
Yet neither side is talking about badly needed cuts to our bloated Pentagon budget—which takes up over half of the budget dollars Congress appropriates annually—even though recent studies1|2 indicate that a majority of Americans are increasingly willing to cut it.
Little attention has been given to the massive growth of Pentagon spending over the past dozen years. Spending has doubled since 1998—and that doesn’t even include the $1.38 trillion in additional funds allocated to wage wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. At the same time, many of the programs most critical to people in need have been cut or held stagnant.
Now is the time to end the charade that we can't afford a sound society that protects people in need, the environment, and opportunities for all.
What we cannot afford is continuing to devote about as much money to military spending as does the rest of the world combined.
Contact your members of Congress today and tell them that we're not broke—the money can be found in wasteful Pentagon spending and ending tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy.
Mary Zerkel and Peter Lems
P.S. How would YOU allocate our federal budget? AFSC is partnering with the National Priorities Project and other organizations on the Build a Better Budget project—visit the site and show the world how you would like to see your federal dollars spent!
American Friends Service Committee
The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker organization that includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace, and humanitarian service. Our work is based on the principles of the Religious Society of Friends, the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice.
In 1947, AFSC was a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, for our work “…from the nameless to the nameless….” on behalf of all Quakers.