Monday, May 17, is Tax Day, a day that might cause us to pause and reflect on “Where does the money go?” As a peace group, Concerned Families of Westchester is focused on the military budget. President Biden’s proposed budget would give the Pentagon about $750 billion, with additional funding going to other agencies (e.g. nuclear weapons) bringing the total to about $1 trillion. The military consumes half of yearly U.S. “discretionary” spending, more money than the next 11 nations combined.
Data from the National Priorities Project shows that New York’s share of the military budget for 2021 is $64.8 billion. Spending billions of dollars on the military means that we can’t have, or can’t afford, other things we want or need.
The greatest cost of our military spending, of course, is the killing of people and the destruction of their lands. It is hard to see how the U.S. wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria — or in Vietnam or Korea — have made us safer. Yet almost 7,000 U.S. soldiers have been killed and 53,000 wounded in the post-9/11 wars, and hundreds of thousands of civilians have been killed in the lands where the wars were fought. Since 9/11, we have made the world more dangerous, not safer.
On Saturday, May 15, Concerned Families of Westchester will hold a rally against war and demanding significant cuts in the Pentagon budget. We will meet in Hastings at noon at the VFW Plaza. Please join us.