The Gazette Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Anti-war group seeks to draw down defense spending
Money should be redirected to domestic issues, coalition says
by Alan Brody | Staff Writer
ANNAPOLIS — The federal government should redirect money currently dedicated to defense spending to underfunded domestic priorities, a group of lawmakers and anti-war advocates said Monday.
"If federal funds were spent where they should be — to build our infrastructure, both educational and physical — instead of fighting wars in lands where we know we can't win, then we would all be better off as a nation," said Del. Samuel I. "Sandy" Rosenberg (D-Dist. 41) of Baltimore.
He is one of 40 state lawmakers who signed a letter asking
The coalition that hosted Monday's news conference, called "Fund Our Communities, Bring the War Dollars Home," argued that defense spending could be significantly scaled back without harming troops, citing a report commissioned by U.S. Reps. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and Ron Paul (R-Texas).
"Our coalition calls for a reprioritization of public funding, one that represents the values of the people of this country rather than the interests of the military-industrial complex," said Jean Athey, who is one of the coalition's lead coordinators.
"The current fiscal crisis of our country derives in part from decades of ever-escalating military expenditures. Meanwhile, the rest of our society is in serious decline, and in many places, workers are being scapegoated for problems that are not of their making," she said.
Any cuts in military spending should not reduce the pay or benefits provided to servicemen and servicewomen or the protective gear for active-duty personnel, Athey said.
Instead, money can be redirected by reducing the number of foreign military bases and slashing the armed forces' weapons cache, among other options, she said.
In 2008, the
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New Wave of Protests Fighting Banksters
It was tax day in 2009 that saw the first Tea Party protests, and the FOX-led media firestorm that's followed has made it seem as though the Tea Party's the only game in town if you want to complain about bailouts.
This year, though, as tax day approaches, a new wave of protest is sweeping the country. On February 26th, inspired by the
Taxpayers connected with National People's Action and other community-based groups occupied a Bank of
Compare the coverage with what followed every Tea Party outburst and you'd weep.
In February 2009, when one CNBC correspondent spoke out from the floor of the stock exchange against taxpayers' help to beleaguered mortgage holders, Rick Santelli's "rant" went viral thanks to web-based front groups of the corporate-funded right. Tax day protests a couple of months later were covered live on FOX and by June's health care meetings, even a single wild-eyed ranter could snag prime time attention, on every show, on every network.
This time the attention's critical. The Empire Justice Center is predicting a “tsunami” of foreclosures coming, and Bank of
How big do protests have to be for money media to pick them up? We don't know, but we know it's out of all proportion when the critique goes against the super rich. Luckily the action's picking up. Now, will media spotlight? We in the independent media will do our best to keep up. But we're going to need your help.
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