From the New Priorities Network

Senator John McCain wants to keep us from bringing military spending under control.

Don’t let him do it.

Under last year’s deficit deal, military and domestic programs are supposed to be cut equally over the next ten years. The Pentagon has barely been nicked. Its budget will shrink for one year, then start growing again. But domestic programs have suffered massive cuts.

Now McCain wants to stop the clock, suspend next year’s cuts, and establish the principle that military spending cannot be touched.

It’s up to us to say: NO!

McCain is just one loud voice in a huge pro-war choir. The whole military-industrial-Congressional complex is rejecting limits on military spending. They’ve churned out a distortion-packed video, filed “stop the cuts” legislation in the House, and released a study on the economic impact of Pentagon cuts.

If they succeed, we’re cooked. The Pentagon will keep growing and eating up more of the federal budget. There is no way we can recover from the recession if we don’t cut military spending and shift hundreds of billions of dollars to the jobs and services we need in our communities.

The hawks are drawing a clear line. It’s the Pentagon or us. Let’s help Congress make the right choice.

1. Write your Senators and RepresentativeClick here for a sample email to your Senators and Representative. Tell them to speak out for real Pentagon cuts and real domestic spending increases.

2. Write a letter to the editorClick here for a sample letter, talking points, a fact sheet, and tips for writing letters to the editor. Click here for a link to your local newspaper.

And please forward this to everyone you can. Together we can win this. Almost half of Americans say we can cut military spending safely. Let’s get that message to Congress and into the media.

10 thoughts on “TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress they must cut military spending

  1. With millions food insecure, without healthcare, homeless and being left out, is there no one who is in touch with the growing numbers of vulnerable Americans? You can’t bomb people into food, clothing and shelter you can only bomb them out of it. You may recall that God didn’t send an army, he sent his only begotten son.

    STOP THE MILITARY IDIOCY. The only security we need is economic.

  2. Humanitarian work will make us much safer than military might. Let us use our resources for peace and not for war.

  3. The military budget should not be immune from cuts. It’s already too big. I think its imperative that we cut money from this budget especially since it is was approved from some high ranking military personnel. Money is needed at home and we don’t need to be taking on every country that disagrees with us.

  4. Senator McCain most probably means well …..but coming from a Navy Military family whose father had seen the result of unpreparedness at Pearl Harbor ….we expect his vision to be honestly clouded …especially as he bears the memories of personal pain & suffering in a lost american war ! Of course these experiences & events – in no way justify an extravagant & wasteful Pentagon Budget !

  5. As a people blessed with a tremendous gift of creativity, we can develop much better methods than war making and the development of the machines of war to advance civilization. Such creativity is the only way to leave our children and our future with a more peaceful, non violent world.

  6. Only a fool will continue with the military domination policy of the United States. Such a policy will bring us financial ruin and the loss of our freedoms. We need to divert this money to reconfiguring our energy structure and to reseeding our industrial matrix. I am not a pacifist but we are post Cold War following Cold War methods.

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