Ask the presidential candidates to commit to cutting the Pentagon budget by $350 billion and invest that money in a Green New Deal

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  • Barry Malkin
    commented 2019-06-19 14:23:17 -0400
    As I’ve written before, there’s no country the U.S. can’t negotiate with. From Bush II to Nobel Peace Prize winning Dronebama and now Trump, this country’s foreign policies has been hijacked by an elite cabal of Vietnam War draft dodgers, corrupt foreign governments like Israel and Saudi Arabia who are as inhumane as the governments they want us to “liberate”, and politicians and lobbyists funded by the MIC who just to make a fortune on the lives of black and brown peoples who’ve never been a threat to us – all of this without any thought of the inevitable blow-back to the world in terms of refugees and terrorism. The post-Berlin Wall uni-polar world so beloved by non-serving think tank chicken hawks is over and it’s time all the superpowers learned to get along in a multi-polar world.
  • Werner Lange
    commented 2019-06-19 14:18:09 -0400
    No more wars, except a renewed and determined war on poverty and ignorance.
  • Gracie Ann Jablonowski
    commented 2019-06-19 14:17:00 -0400
    Part 2 of my statement- THE PENTAGON’S NAME SHOULD BE CHANGED TO THE WAR DEPARTMENT LIKE IT WAS YEARS AGO,BECAUSE IT ALWAYS SEEMS TO ME THAT THEY ARE ALWAYS STARTING A WAR SOMEWHERE AROUND THE GLOBE!!! WOULDN’T IT BE GREAT IF WE. HAD A DEPARTMENT OF PEACE INSTEAD OF A DEPARTMENT OF WAR!!!! AND WE WOULD GO AROUND THE WORLD HELPING NATIONS TO PROMOTE PEACE. OH. BUT , NO , THE MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX COULDN’T GET RICH OFF OF THAT. THEY COULDN’T AFFORD TO PAY FOR THEIR YACHTS AND THEIR MERCEDES BENZ CARS AND THEIR SUMMER HOUSES IN THE HAMPTONS!!!!!
  • Amy Harlib
    commented 2019-06-19 14:07:58 -0400
    END ALL WARS! END MILITARY MADNESS, SAVE LIVES AND SAVE TRILLIONS OF $$.
  • Joan Bowers
    commented 2019-06-19 13:55:42 -0400
    No money for any war! Eighteen years is far more than ENOUGH!!!
  • Gracie Ann Jablonowski
    commented 2019-06-19 13:53:25 -0400
    STOP GIVING MONEY TO THE MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX TO START NEW WARS!!! THE PENTAGON
  • Mary Wilber
    commented 2019-06-19 13:38:00 -0400
    Personally, I think this cut request is WAY TOO SMALL!!! Once you recognize that the 717 billion excludes a whole mass of military spending, with apparently brings real spending in at around 1 trillion per year…. we really need to be listing those “extra” expenses every time when speaking about the MIC and the budget. I’ll have to go back and read that list for myself… www.worldbeyondwar.org has these figures in their materials.
  • Marian Cruz
    commented 2019-06-19 13:27:42 -0400
    I want my tax dollars spent on education infrastructure, affordable housing, seniors to name a few!
  • Richard Ochs
    commented 2019-06-10 14:35:03 -0400
    Cut the War Budget for a Green New Deal
    Support a conversion from a weapons economy to a climate-saving economy
    The U.S. military budget is 3 times that of Russia’s and China’s combined,
    and therefore can be cut in half without sacrificing national security. *
    The $717 billion annual military budget is a threat to our national security because:
    1. The use of these weapons creates enemies instead of reducing them;
    2. All the U.S. wars of the last 60 years have been wars of aggression, not defense; *
    3. The U.S. military is the world’s largest single generator of climate changing emissions;
    4. The U.S. wars for petroleum keeps us using fossil fuel instead of renewable energy;
    5. The manufacture of weapons burns up over $300 billion worth of oil annually;
    6. U.S. encirclement of Russia and China threatens peaceful trade and prosperity for all; *
    *
    7. A planned $1.7 trillion upgrade of nuclear weapons makes them more likely to be used.
    8. The profiteering U.S. war budget is an attack on the health and security of everyone.

    We need jobs in clean energy, not more weapons
    Maryland is a perfect example of a warfare economy since the export of Baltimore’s heavy industry.
    The best jobs are now at the National Security Administration, Fort Meade, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Fort Detrick, Andrews Air Force Base, Edgewood Arsenal, Indian Head Naval Surface Warfare Center, U.S. Naval Academy, National Guard and Air National Guard, Army reserves, school ROTC, JHU Applied Physics Lab, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed-Martin, Fairchild, Raytheon, and hundreds of sub-contractors – all having bosses and workers who support military expenditures.
    The U.S. is responsible for the deaths of 20 million people in 37 countries since WWII.*
    The 2 existential threats to continued life on earth are “climatastrophe” and nuclear war.*
    Let’s tell politicians to prove they are not being bought by weapons manufacturers. Tell them to cut weapons production and support a Green New Deal instead,
    which employ more workers per Federal dollar spent than does weapons-making. *
    *
  • Valkryie Ohainas
    commented 2019-06-10 13:18:07 -0400
    Send a short personal email. If you’ve worked with any campaigns, these form letters are considered spam and given little to no value. Hate the message not the messenger, folks.
  • Ernest Jones
    commented 2019-06-06 17:51:36 -0400
    To be in line with MMT, please change the second paragraph to this which essentially says the same thing.

    Because:
    1. Cutting dollars going to the people is not what we want
    2. It makes no sense to think of the creator of the US dollar as saving dollars. The US government is the score keeper for US dollars.

    Note the word “shift” and “redirecting it” which refers to the bloated Pentagon spending.

    As a voter who will participate in the 2020 presidential election, I am requesting your commitment to shift the bloated Pentagon spending by $350 billion annually and redirecting it to the human needs of our communities, and to refuse all campaign contributions from PACs representing the top U.S. weapons manufacturers: Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Boeing, Raytheon, and General Dynamics.
  • Bobbi Siegelbaum Siegelbaum
    commented 2019-06-04 21:53:38 -0400
    I will continue to support Bernie Sanders, who has already made this commitment.
  • Bill Samuel
    commented 2019-06-04 20:22:37 -0400
    Not sure why you limited this to Democrats, and only the big name Democrats.
  • Gloriana casey
    commented 2019-06-01 20:21:59 -0400
    STOP sending the Pentagon money—— they have NO IDEA what they’ve spent or where the money is! Spend taxpayer money combating the CLIMATE CRISIS and to rebuilding communities. COULD Raytheon or Boeing of General Dynamics come up with wind farms and solar stains——unless you work FOR the EARTH—- nothing will be left to fight over!
  • Mike Painton
    commented 2019-06-01 11:59:05 -0400
    To all POLS, how can you support such vile behavior of this country…
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  • Nina Pellar Le Baron
    commented 2019-05-23 12:58:19 -0400
    We need to cut spending for the Military and use that money to re-build our Infastructure- the other “I” word that our president is refusing to address.
  • Richard Ochs
    commented 2019-05-23 12:56:30 -0400
    Cut the War Budget for a Green New Deal
    Support a conversion from a weapons economy to a climate-saving economy
    The U.S. military budget is 3 times that of Russia’s and China’s combined,
    and therefore can be cut in half without sacrificing national security. *
    The $717 billion annual military budget is a threat to our national security because:
    1. The use of these weapons creates enemies instead of reducing them;
    2. All the U.S. wars of the last 60 years have been wars of aggression, not defense; *
    3. The U.S. military is the world’s largest single generator of climate changing emissions;
    4. The U.S. wars for petroleum keeps us using fossil fuel instead of renewable energy;
    5. The manufacture of weapons burns up over $300 billion worth of oil annually;
    6. U.S. encirclement of Russia and China threatens peaceful trade and prosperity for all; *
    *
    7. A planned $1.7 trillion upgrade of nuclear weapons makes them more likely to be used.
    8. The profiteering U.S. war budget is an attack on the health and security of everyone.

    We need jobs in clean energy, not more weapons
    Maryland is a perfect example of a warfare economy since the export of Baltimore’s heavy industry.
    The “best” jobs are now at the National Security Administration, Fort Meade, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Fort Detrick, Andrews Air Force Base, Edgewood Arsenal, Indian Head Naval Surface Warfare Center, U.S. Naval Academy, National Guard and Air National Guard, Army reserves, school ROTC, JHU Applied Physics Lab, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed-Martin, Fairchild, Raytheon, and hundreds of sub-contractors – all having bosses and workers who support military expenditures.
    The U.S. is responsible for the deaths of 20 million people in 37 countries since WWII.*
    The 2 existential threats to continued life on earth are “climatastrophe” and nuclear war.*
    Let’s tell politicians to prove they are not being bought by weapons manufacturers. Tell them to cut weapons production and support a Green New Deal instead,
    which employ more workers per Federal dollar spent than does weapons-making. *
    *
  • Gloriana casey
    commented 2019-05-23 11:41:22 -0400
    It was always nice to think of America as, "Truth, Justice and the American Way. " Oh , my bad, that’s Superman—not us, Silly me. Of course, it could be us, America. I would like to change a few things though, you know preserving Free Speech and Free Thought, and remembering that there is NO official state or national religion in America. PRIVACY, the right for all persons to be left alone and not having their personal contact information sold to anyone and everyone in the world. And where does all of this lack of privacy with everyone and everything putting us all on camera all the time———-what kind of a horrible world is that? It makes the earth feel like a prison, and all humans live better when they live free.
    And really, being TRUSTWORTHY is what makes a person or a nation worthwhile in making agreements with other nations, but then overturning these agreements is really bad form—-nations no longer trust America. And too -—wars and wars and endless and senseless wars——-when the ONLY war all people all the planet should be fighting is the one happening now, right here— and happening in all of our collective faces——-CLIMATE CRISIS. PLEASE, there’s not much time to fix this: Mean what you say , governments, and if were really was a God somewhere——WHY would any person or any government want to destroy what that entity had created? Riddle me that!
  • Ruth Kay
    commented 2019-05-11 18:22:57 -0400
    Moving, but, unfortunately, pertinent. Keep petitioning members of congress to override Trump’s callous veto of their decision to end participation in the war in Yemen.
  • Mel Skinner
    followed this page 2019-05-09 09:33:07 -0400
  • Sucy Varughese
    commented 2019-05-08 20:45:48 -0400
    Wage war on POVERTY not commit crimes against humanity
  • Dr. Amy Eisenberg
    commented 2019-05-08 18:53:40 -0400
    Billion Dollar Loser: NYT Report on Chump’s Taxes & Massive Losses May Prompt Fraud Investigation
    https://www.democracynow.org/2019/5/8/billion_dollar_loser_nyt_report_on Major exposé from The New York Times, which obtained tax information on Donald Trump that shows his businesses lost $1.17 billion from 1985 to 1994. While Trump continues to refuse to release his tax returns, printouts from his official IRS tax transcripts for a 10 year period ending in 1994 show that in multiple years during that stretch, Trump appears to have lost more money than nearly any other individual taxpayer in the country and paid no federal income taxes for eight of the 10 years. “Almost every two cents of every dollar reported as losses one year, by everyone in the United States, were recorded by Donald Trump,” notes our guest, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston, an investigative reporter previously with the Times, now founder and editor of DC Report.org.. He has been reporting on Donald Trump since the 1980s and his new piece for the Daily Beast is headlined “Trump’s Tax Leak Hints at Potential Fraud Investigations.”
  • Billy Angus
    commented 2019-05-08 17:36:35 -0400
    I love Bernie Sanders.
    He’s the real deal and I’m Feeling the Bern. :)
  • Cynthia Papermaster
    commented 2019-05-08 15:37:31 -0400
    Please let us know which candidates refuse to take money from weapons manufacturers. And thank you for doing this work for peace.
  • Aaron Jacobs
    commented 2019-05-08 14:45:50 -0400
    I also added, “And by the way, there’s no fucking way I’ll ever vote for a corporate stooge and militarist like Joe Biden”
  • Brenda Smith
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  • Rachelle Woods
    commented 2019-05-08 13:05:14 -0400
    Refuse weapons money.
  • Ernie Looney
    commented 2019-05-08 12:29:59 -0400
    The United States largest export is war and hate. Money has perverted our moral compass.There is only one morality, as there is only one geometry.