To the Editor:
Before we vote in the Democratic primary on March 3, we need to give serious consideration to the following issue: Our military spending is swallowing our resources.
In the 1990’s, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, there were many analyses of why it happened. One reason that was on everyone’s list was the enormous amounts of money that the Soviet Union had been spending on the military, resulting in neglect of the social needs of the society.
Is the United States pushing itself into that same trap? Well over 50% of our Federal Government’s discretionary spending goes to the military. Congress has authorized $738 billion for the military, and $1.2 trillion for nuclear weapons modernization. Meanwhile our infrastructure crumbles, we are told that Medicare for All would cost too much, there is no money for free higher education, we cannot afford a Green New Deal. We are neglecting the needs of the citizens while enriching the suppliers of the military. We must ask which candidates will put spending for the good of the people of the United States. As part of “truth in advertising,” the candidates must tell us how they will address this “elephant in the room.”
Voters: please go to the polls on Tuesday, March 3, and as you vote, consider how each candidate will bring our military spending under control.
Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice and the Environment