[The U.S. spends more in its military budget than the rest of the world combined. We have powerful lobbies that support these often totally pointless expenditures and many willing buyers — some of whom resell them to people who use them against our own forces out there. Obama has done his best to slow things down, but as a practical politician he needs some of the votes involved to get other things done. Speaking of deficit spending . . . . Ed Kent]

Pity the poor Department of Defense. Allocated a mere $665 billion for 2010, these folks now are asking for an additional $33 billion to squander in Afghanistan. The White House will be sending this request for supplemental funding to Congress next month. That’s right. While we, the people, struggle to stretch our own budgets, the War Machine wants to pick our pockets once again, and the White House and Congress are willing enablers.

If ever there was time for some tough love and hard lessons in fiscal responsibility, this is it! We’re going to put Congress on notice – NO MORE BAIL OUTS FOR DEFENSE! – and we need your help:

12 Noon – 1.30PM
Thursday, March 11
Brooklyn Borough Hall
Court St near Montague
Near the fountain: (We are easy to spot.)

No cell phone, no problem. Borough Hall is a busy location and Brooklynites are receptive and responsive, so there will be plenty to do. And if you can’t join us, click here for some suggestions on calls to make to STOP THE FUNDING, STOP THE WAR.

Fran Sears
for the Legislative Committee


“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent [blind copies]

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