We must move toward a budget that prioritizes opportunity and equality over increased military investment. A local economy focused on more affirming industries than the military. We need leaders brave enough to say our economic health should not come at the cost of lives of men, women, and children around the world.
Ask yourself these questions — who will the F-35 be used against? What other regimes will be provided this death machine? Do you know how many countries we are dropping bombs on right now? Is your job more important than the life of another?
Defense spending accounts for, by itself, over one third of all global military spending. It consumes the majority of the federal discretionary budget. Yet nearly 50 percent of Americans remain at income levels at or near poverty. War spending has not supported our economy.
The F-35 has never flown a combat mission, despite costing billions of taxpayer dollars every year. Lockheed touts its “economic impacts,” yet in 2006 they laid off 1,000 U.S. workers. With job creation as a top rationale for defense industry largesse, those dollars could easily be put to better use.
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We need a moral economy, not a death economy.
Michael Stambulis, Boise