PSPD Joint Statement on Military Spending

“We deeply concern that considerable numbers of matters critical for human lives are ignored and pushed back on the priority list of budget expenditure, while military spending is always overspent. Global warming, poverty, unemployment, education, housing, disease and energy policies relying on nuclear power are highly urgent tasks not only for South Korea, but the whole world. An analysis shows that even only 20% of the global military spending can achieve the Millenum Development Goals(MDG) that the United Nations has set to eradicate global poverty. Therefore, it is the right time to ask what is the most urgent threat of our lives.”

Read the whole statement here.

Visitor email: “How I spent the Global Day of Action on Military Spending”

From a reader:

I’m all for immediate, practical action. So I don’t have much patience with pleading for members of Congress to stop pouring money into the military when I can just stop it myself. That’s why I became a war tax resister. I haven’t paid any federal income tax since 2003.

I spent the Global Day of Action on Military Spending helping to plan the upcoming national conference of the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee which is coming up next month (and is open to the public — see http://nwtrcc.org/meetings.php).

NYT: A Rationale Budget for the Pentagon

In their budget-cutting zeal, Republicans are demanding harsh sacrifices from the country’s most vulnerable citizens. At the same, they are determined to leave one of the biggest areas of wasteful government spending untouched: the Pentagon budget.

The budget plan they pushed through the House this month would spend $7.5 trillion on the military over the next dozen years. And that does not include the cost of actual war-fighting. The country cannot afford to spend that much, and it doesn’t need to.

The $7.5 trillion was President Obama’s projection, which he has since lowered to $7.1 trillion. Saving $400 billion is better but still not enough, especially since it can be achieved merely by holding annual nonwar-related spending at its current swollen level, adjusted for inflation.

Read the whole piece here.