Every day the United States spends $2.7 billion on war. That's $2.7 billion tax dollars that we can't spend on health care, education, economic development, energy independence, or caring for our seniors. Also this thinking increases the likelihood of a 'quick fix' mentality which is invariably flawed.
Right now America is riddled with debate about how to pay for the basic services, like health care, that we all need. Last year alone we spent nearly $1 trillion dollars on wars past and present. Next year, 57% of the discretionary budget is earmarked for military spending. The debate surrounding the cost of health care reform could be largely resolved for a fraction of that amount.
Today you can tell your our leaders in Washington that you think the time has come to reduce our spending on war and instead fund the things we really need - like functioning schools, healthy communities, good jobs, and an end to the recession. All it would take is a slight shift in our priorities, and a slight change in our spending, to have a big impact.
Our leaders need to know that we don't want so many of our tax dollars being spent on violence and war every day and spend it on psychological therapies for kids rather than the 'Brave New World' of social control with psychotropics.
This apllies to the U.K. too:
The war in Afghanistan will cost £20 billion over the next four years -- exactly the amount that the government is trying to cut from the National Health Service through 'savings'.
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