The True Majority Priorities campaign believes that America can solve, or start to seriously address, many of the most difficult problems We face. We can create a national budget that is responsive to domestic and international needs. And we can do it without raising taxes or creating new ones.
How? By insisting that Congress create sensible budget priorities. By reducing government waste and using the savings to strengthen American families and communities.
The Priorities campaign focuses on Pentagon waste for two reasons:
These are problems that Congress created and has allowed to fester because political candidates benefit politically (as in more jobs in their districts) and monetarily (as in campaign contributions) from military manufacturers. Because the men and women in Congress benefit from this broken system, we can’t expect them to fix it until Americans demand it, elect new leaders, or both.
Where is the waste?
About three-fifths of the federal budget covers expenses that are written into law, including payment on the national debt, Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security. This is usually called “mandatory” or “entitlement” spending.
The part of the budget that the President and Congress create each year is called the discretionary budget. In the just-concluded fiscal year, more than half of the discretionary budget for a total amount of $463 billion was spent by the Pentagon. These dollars don’t include funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan , nor do they include most homeland security programs, which are paid for in other areas of the budget.
In contrast to the $463 billion spent by the Pentagon bureaucracy, look at what we’re spending on federal programs that politicians often describe as too expensive:
When presented with these facts, two-thirds of Americans would change these budget priorities, shifting funding, as we propose, away from the Pentagon and into programs that benefit communities and families. See the Program on International Policy Attitudes
Our prestigious panel of high-ranking retired military and Dept. of Defense officials says $60 billion can be trimmed from the Pentagon budget without putting our troops at risk, weakening our national defense, or hurting our ability to fight terrorists. According to Dr. Lawrence Korb, who served as President Ronald Reagan’s assistant secretary of defense, the savings would come primarily from cutting obsolete Cold War weapons and excessive nuclear weapons from the defense budget. See Korb Report for more information.
Even after trimming $60 billion from the Pentagon budget, America would spend nearly as much on defense as does the rest of the world combined. We would spend more than triple the amount spent by Russia , China , and the Axis of Evil combined.
Here’s what America could accomplish with that $60 billion. We could:
Our nation could make these investments year after year-at no additional taxpayer expense.
That’s our vision of what we could accomplish, a vision embodied in our Common Sense Budget Act . But ours is not the only vision. It’s amazing what we could buy at the local level with the dollars wasted at the Pentagon. An allied organization, the National Priorities Project, has worked out what New Hampshire could buy with the tax dollars that instead go to ballistic missile defense, nuclear weapons, and the war in Iraq . Check out the National Priorities campaign for more information.
About True Majority
They started TrueMajority in order to compound the power of all those who believe in social justice, giving children a decent start in life, protecting the environment, and America working in cooperation with the world community.
Here’s how TrueMajority works:
They monitor what’s going on in Washington based on the principles of peace, justice, and sustainability.
When your voice is needed, they send you a short e-mail alert that explains the situation, so you can speak up with just a few mouse clicks.
TrueMajority has already brought together over 500,000 us, making us a powerful force in the capital.
They hope you will join them.
TopicsCommon Sense Budget Act, Congress, Defense Budget, Priorities Campaign, True Majority
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