Demand Congress address Pentagon waste and excess.
When it comes to military spending, the United States’ defense budget is astronomical. The U.S. spends as much as the next seven countries combined on the military. The staggering amount of money available has resulted in wasteful military spending.
Veterans didn’t serve in the military to see our citizens hard earned tax dollars frivolously wasted on more so-called “defense” spending. As military veterans from WWII to the current era of conflicts, who have trained for, and in many cases, fought in U.S. wars, we know that endless wars, failed weapons and the Pentagon’s corporate handouts do nothing to make us safe.
Veterans For Peace asks that we make good on the sacrifices we made and start reinvesting our overinflated military budget on domestic needs, infrastructure repairs, social safety net programs and an emphasis on diplomatic action that might keep us out of avoidable wars.
Military spending should be reduced by at least $200 billion annually, freeing up $2 trillion or more over the next decade for domestic and human needs priorities. With those spending cuts, the Pentagon’s budget would remain more than enough to keep America safe at a level well above our nation’s post-World War II historical average.
Hundreds of billions of dollars annually should be shifted away from the Pentagon and to pressing needs from education to health care to averting catastrophic climate change.
Doing so will make our country safer and more just.
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