I am horrified by the priorities implicit in our national budget. Why would our leaders put people out of business, weaken food programs, deny college scholarships to prop up swollen military spending? American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) director of Public Policy puts forth the following answer:
Most politicians are afraid to touch military spending. Pentagon contracts and subcontracts affect almost every Congressional district. And no one wants to be the victim of an election-time ad campaign saying they’re soft on defense – that they are not patriotic.
Our nation’s safety net is being held hostage by politics and a wrong headed perception of what it means to be patriotic. It is not patriotic to allow the bloated military budget to divert funds from our communities. It is not patriotic to put all the borrowing necessary to maintain this gross inequity on the backs of our children and grandchildren.
Everyone should urge their congressmen and women to have the courage to stand up to this condition. We spend forty time more per citizen than any other country in the world on our military complex! Is it really unreasonable to only spend ten time more? We really don’t need to be the enforcer or policemen of the world. If we didn’t insist on having all the military power other countries would be more likely to share this burden. That extra $400 – 500 billion dollars per year we could save would go a long way in relieving our current deficits.
But what do I know….