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.
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.
Sign the petition below and add your voice.
At a time when we can't find the money to fund and rebuild our nation's schools, can't provide basic health care for our people, and can't create good jobs in the communities that need them most, I am saddened by the fact that a full 57% of next year's discretionary federal budget is earmarked for war.
Please, I urge you to help change our priorities. We can spend less on war and more on helping our communities thrive.
We can do better than to fight bitterly over issues like the cost of providing health care when we are spending such huge amounts on war.
The time has come for us to recognize that we don't need to spend $2.7 billion every day on wars that don’t make us safer.