Saturday, May 22, 2010

War is making you poor act (I Heart Grayson)

Grayson says it best: Enough is enough!

"Next week, there is going to be a "debate" in Congress on yet another war funding bill. The bill is supposed to pass without debate, so no one will notice.
What George Orwell wrote about in "1984" has come true. What Eisenhower warned us about concerning the "military-industrial complex" has come true. War is a permanent feature of our societal landscape, so much so that no one notices it anymore.
But we’re going to change this. Today, we’re introducing a bill called ‘The War Is Making You Poor Act’. The purpose of this bill is to connect the dots, and to show people in a real and concrete way the cost of these endless wars.
Next year’s budget allocates $159,000,000,000 to perpetuate the occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq. That’s enough money to eliminate federal income taxes for the first $35,000 of every American’s income. Beyond that, leaves over $15 billion to cut the deficit.
And that’s what this bill does. It eliminates separate funding for the occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan, and eliminates federal income taxes for everyone’s first $35,000 of income ($70,000 for couples).  Plus it pays down the national debt.
The costs of the war have been rendered invisible. There's no draft. Instead, we take the most vulnerable elements of our population, and give them a choice between unemployment and missile fodder. Government deficits conceal the need to pay in cash for the war.
We put the cost of both guns and butter on our Chinese credit card. In fact, we don't even put these wars on budget; they are still passed using 'emergency supplemental'. A nine-year ‘emergency’.
Let's show Congress the cost of these wars is too much for us.
Tell Congress that you like 'The War Is Making You Poor Act'. No, tell Congress you love it. Act now.
All we are saying is "give peace a chance."  We will end these wars. 
BRAVO!!!!!!  Enough already with so many billions, and as Grayson points out. it's never enough, they just keep asking for more & more billions, and Obama promised the war budget would be in the budget up front, no additional $$$. The cost of lives is the highest cost, but its is clear as we get into 9 & 7 years of these wars, it is time to get out, and time to take action. Please join me in signing the petition & put pressure on your congress critters to stop it already. 

1 comment:

nonnie9999 said...

it's not going to happen, but it's good to keep talking about it, as maybe someday enough people will listen.