It’s time to rein in runaway Pentagon spending

clee November 28, 2012 0

The Showdown in Washington has begun. On the table is $1 trillion in automatic spending cuts of equal parts domestic and Pentagon spending as well as the expiration of the Bush tax cuts. And the deadline is December 31st. 

Congress is trying to debate a different deal. But with $1 trillion in cuts still needed, if we don’t reshape Pentagon spending, then that means more cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

When Pentagon spending takes up half of all discretionary spending, it is imperative that we keep our bloated Pentagon budget on the table during budget negotiations. Will you email Congress and tell them to keep Pentagon spending on the table?

The typical war hawks like Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) are screaming bloody murder. But let’s set aside the hyperbole for a moment and get to what we’re really talking about here.

Pentagon spending has grown by 50% in real dollars in the last 12 years, and that’s NOT including war spending. And nearly all of the ‘cuts’ that are up for debate, aren’t even really cuts but reductions in the rate of growth. Even if sequestration is fully enacted, the Pentagon’s base budget would still be at 2006 levels, among the highest levels of spending since World War II.3 Surely, as we wind down two wars abroad, it only makes sense to wind down the Pentagon budget as well.

As the budget fight in Washington heats up, we’ll be hosting events in eight states including Maine, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington to bring the point home that current Pentagon spending levels are both nonstrategic and unsustainable. We hope you’ll stand with us as we wage this important fight in the weeks to come.

But as long as Congress insist on making budget cuts, it’s up to us to make the case to keep Pentagon spending on the table. We simply cannot afford to keep buying weapons that even the Pentagon itself has said it doesn’t want. Tell Congress: Rein in Pentagon spending now.

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