Jobs, not wars

Many in this nation are growing increasingly concerned about the national debt and foreign policy of the United States.  As a result, CAIVN would like to share a portion of Marcy Winograd’s recent press release in order to stimulate debate and discussion.  Here is the abridged version:

“Now, more than ever before, we need progressives in Congress who will challenge bloated military budgets which bleed our treasury of money better spent on jobs in mass transit, renewable energy, infrastructure repair, education, and health care.  A 2007 University of Massachusetts study stated that a billion dollars spent on transportation would result in twice the number of jobs than if it were spent on military contracting.

The proposed new military budget  is nearly $1 trillion, with Pentagon spending of $800 billion, including a 30-billion supplemental to escalate the war in Afghanistan . On top of that, add secret black hole prisons; military aid  to foreign nations, and money for mercenaries.

Worse, to pay for all of this, we must borrow from China and Japan.

America is addicted to war and to debt.  It’s time to break the addiction — and to vote the enablers out.”


So, what do you think?  Is Winograd spot on in her analysis, or way off base?