When the Congressional Supercommittee (remember them?) failed, automatic federal budget cuts were to kick in -- half to things we need and half to the bloated military. The military cuts would take us back to 2004 spending. We seem to have survived 2004 and the years preceding it OK.
The Pentagon claims to be making other cuts already, but they are "cuts" to dream budgets resulting in actual budget increases -- and that's not even counting increased war spending through other departments.
Demand real cuts to war and weaponry, and investment in human needs.
House Republicans have sent President Obama a crazy video opposing military cuts and introduced legislation to slash 10% of non-military government jobs instead. In the Senate, John McCain is said to be working on a similar bill.
Meanwhile Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has just announced the Obama Administration's position: They will oppose the automatic cuts, or any other actual cuts, to the military. This will mean severe cuts to education, transportation, and -- as President Obama indicated in his State of the Union speech -- to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.
Tell Congress and the President what our priorities are.
Did you catch this line in the State of the Union? "Take the money we're no longer spending at war, use half of it to pay down our debt, and use the rest to do some nation-building right here at home." But in reality, the White House has proposed to reduce war spending by ONLY $27 billion next year, spend that money elsewhere in the Pentagon, and edge us closer to a war on Iran that could mean major additional appropriations.
The rhetoric from Obama is a sign we are being heard. Action will follow only if we get louder. We can insist that actions match his rhetoric if we all speak up now.
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