|Tell Democratic leaders: Resist Trump’s handout to war profiteers|
|Petition to congressional Democratic leaders:
“Oppose Trump’s handout to war profiteers by increasing military spending, and offer a clear alternative to instead invest in American health, prosperity and security while cutting wasteful military spending.”
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Half of the federal budget already goes to weapons of war and the military-industrial complex – and now, Trump wants to increase spending on war profiteers by a full 10 percent.1
Yet in their statements opposing the Trump budget, neither Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi nor Sen. Chuck Schumer mentioned Trump’s proposal to radically expand military spending.2,3
If Democratic leaders think they can resist Trump’s cuts without mentioning the source of the problem, they are badly wrong. To offer a true alternative to Trump, Democrats must get out from under the thumb of war profiteers and demand a cut to wasteful military spending.
We do not have a spending problem. We have a wasteful military spending problem. Safety net programs like Social Security have their own sources of funding and can be shored up for decades with small fixes and no benefit cuts. The rest of the federal budget, so-called “discretionary” spending, is split between wasteful military spending and domestic priorities.4
Trump’s budget proposed increasing wasteful military spending by 10 percent, or $54 billion. Here’s why this is a horrible idea:
Trump and his Republican backers are not serious about reducing wasteful spending, they are simply declaring war on the poor as an excuse to pass massive tax breaks for their wealthy campaign donors and corporate pals.
The United States spends more on the military than the next seven countries combined, while priorities that make America safer and more prosperous – like education, health, transportation, housing, veterans’ benefits, diplomacy and dozens of others – must compete for the remaining scraps.9
Redirecting war-profiteer handouts to investments that make us safer and more prosperous long term is both common sense and has popular support. Democrats cannot offer a true alternative to Trump if they refuse to talk about wasteful military spending. It’s up to us to drive that point home before it is too late.
Tell Democratic leaders: Resist Trump’s handout to war profiteers. Click below to sign the petition:
Thank you for speaking out,
Murshed Zaheed, Political Director
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