Green Party Calls For Deep Cuts To The Bloated U.S. Military Budget

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For Immediate Release:
Monday, March 18, 2013

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Green Party calls for deep cuts to the bloated US military budget

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WASHINGTON, DC — The Green Party today said the solution to the
current impasse over sequestration and federal budget cuts is deep
cuts in the military budget.

Green Party leaders said that cutting at least $300 billion per year
from military spending would resolve the budget stalemate and would
free up funds to reinvest in providing jobs and rebuilding the U.S.
economy, including a rapid transition to carbon-free energy. Greens
blame the current deficit on reckless imperial ventures around the
world, costly and unnecessary defense contracts, and tax cuts for the
rich.

“Since 2001, Presidents Bush and Obama have launched wars and military
attacks that have drained the U.S. budget,” said T.E. Smith, Vietnam
War veteran and a member of the DC Statehood Green Party. “These
actions and various ‘homeland security’ boondoggles have made the
defense budget a feeding trough for contractors — while Congress and
the White House continued to pump more money into the military budget.
It’s time to scale military operations and spending back to what’s
needed strictly for defense of our borders.”

“While defense contractors like Halliburton, McDonnell-Douglas,
Raytheon, and GE made a killing and the wealthy were given generous
tax breaks, thousands of Americans and their families made the
ultimate sacrifice in these illegal and undeclared wars for lies and
imagined threats. Under no circumstances should veterans’ benefits and
services be reduced,” said Mr. Smith.

New York Green Party activist Mark Dunlea, in a recent CounterPunch
column, wrote:

“No one knows how much we really spend on the military. The low-ball
estimate is that it is $700 billion (a 100% increase in the last
decade) but most believe it runs over a trillion dollars when you add
in interest payments from past wars, nuclear weapons, intelligence
gathering, Veteran benefits, Homeland Security. etc. The military
budget is so out of control and hidden in so many places that it has
never been audited, making it wide open for fraud and theft… The
standard line is that 54 cents out of every discretionary dollar in
the federal budget is spent on the military. More than half of tax
revenues go to the military. We spend as much on the military as the
rest of the world combined – and most of the other big spenders are
our military allies.”
(http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/03/01/time-to-cut-pentagon-budget/)

Greens call the bloated military budget a symptom of warped bipartisan
priorities and are especially critical of Democrats in Congress for
pretending to be “antiwar” while continuing to rubberstamp military
spending increases, even when they held majorities during the last two
years of the Bush Administration and first two years of the Obama
Administration.

Since President Bush ordered the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq,
Congress has raised the debt ceiling ten times to pay for these
unfunded wars. The federal debt ceiling (enacted in 1917) was created
to guard the country against unfunded wars, imposing limits to prevent
military spending from damaging the domestic economy. The latter is
exactly what happened in the past decade, resulting in the current
imposition of austerity and sequestration.

According to current negotiations, only about $45 billion will be cut
from military spending. Mr. Dunlea notes that Lawrence Korb, defense
advisor under President Reagan, “estimates $150 billion a year could
be cut while maintaining the Reagan era level of military strength.”

Greens advocate reduction of military spending by at least $300
billion, to a level consistent with immediate self-defense needs. This
would mean defunding superfluous (including nuclear) weapons programs
and canceling funding for foreign bases and operations that make the
U.S. an empire that exercises global domination and control over oil
and other resources around the world.

“The Green New Deal advocated by Green candidates, including
presidential nominee Jill Stein, would reorient the nation’s
priorities. Instead of feeding military aggression and the bottom
lines of arms manufacturers and other favored companies, the Green New
Deal would invest in create millions of jobs in green energy,
infrastructure, and social services and provide financial security for
millions of Americans, especially those who lost homes, jobs, and
savings during the recent Wall Street meltdown,” said Starlene Rankin,
California Green and chair of the Green Party’s Lavender Caucus.

“FDR’s Civilian Conservation Corps, Works Progress Administration, and
other programs for public employment put 15 million unemployed people
to work during the Great Depression building public infrastructure and
restoring soils and forests. The Green New Deal is the 21st century
equivalent that will promote a peacetime economy and address our
climate and urban crises. It will put Americans to work building a
sustainable prosperity, based on clean energy, mass transit,
revitalized inner cities, and first-rate schools, housing, and health
care for all. None of this is possible under the wartime economy and
belligerent posture maintained by Democrats and Republicans,” said Ms.
Rankin.

See also:

The Green New Deal
http://www.jillstein.org/green_new_deal

“The Seventeen Solutions: Bold Ideas for Our American Future”
Book by Ralph Nader (Harper Paperbacks, 2012)

“The Most Expensive Fighter Jet Ever Built, by the Numbers”
By Theodoric Meyer, ProPublica, March 14, 2013
http://www.propublica.org/special/the-most-expensive-fighter-jet-ever-built-by-the-numbers

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8 thoughts on “Green Party Calls For Deep Cuts To The Bloated U.S. Military Budget

  1. Steve Scheetz

    Why just the bloated military budget?

    The ENTIRETY of the US Government Budget is Bloated and filled with fraud waste and abuse. It needs to go, all of it, not just the Military.

    Sincerely,

    Steve Scheetz

  2. Oranje Mike

    Cut the military budget and cut taxes. Cutting the military budget only to flush dollars down the drain elsewhere will solve nothing. It’s passing the buck and kicking the can down the road. Eliminate government.

  3. NewFederalist

    This is a great start. The Greens IMHO would be better off to focus on the waste in defense contracting in addition to the needless undeclared wars. There are so many weapons systems in the R&D phase that will never see prototype let alone actual acquistion and deployment that could and should be called out. Nobody is doing that. That is where the serious money is being wasted and goes right to the bottom line of the “industrial” part of the “military – industrial complex”. Instead the DoD will furlough civilian healthcare employees and others that make the pain evident on a “retail” level. Total BS.

  4. paulie

    Greens are not Libertarians, so I don’t expect them to call for cuts to social programs, but I’m glad we agree on this issue.

  5. Green Party Voter

    The sequester reduces the rate of military spending increase. As Ron Paul has repeated, these are not real cuts to military spending.

    The official Green Party press release is welcome news. The military spending cuts called for do not go far enough.

    All U.S. military troops and tax dollars should be brought home. Close 80 per cent of all bases. Stop spending tax dollars to recruit people to the military. That’s how we start to save real tax dollars.

    Cancel the F-35 aircraft program. It’s $400 billion dollar theft of tax dollars.

    Thanks for the Green Party. I’d just like to see the official press releases of my party advocate for even more military spending cuts.

  6. paulie

    The sequester reduces the rate of military spending increase. As Ron Paul has repeated, these are not real cuts to military spending.

    The official Green Party press release is welcome news. The military spending cuts called for do not go far enough.

    All U.S. military troops and tax dollars should be brought home. Close 80 per cent of all bases. Stop spending tax dollars to recruit people to the military. That’s how we start to save real tax dollars.

    Cancel the F-35 aircraft program. It’s $400 billion dollar theft of tax dollars.

    That would be a good start.

    Thanks for the Green Party. I’d just like to see the official press releases of my party advocate for even more military spending cuts.

    What’s stopping you? As I understand it you can put out any press release you want on behalf of your party, which only exists in your state.

  7. Steven Berson

    The fact is that there are much greater numbers that would support single issue coalitions than there are that support broader platforms – and to me (along with all Ultra-Radical Centrists) reducing the bloated military budgets (along with what goes hand in hand with this: non-intervnetionist foreign policy) is truly a vital one for people to stfu about their partisan
    border issues” and to get behind regardless of who is advocating for it.

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