The National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee has protests nationwide today for those appalled by the size of the military budget (and if you aren’t you should be.) Our multiple wars, most of which we are losing and are pointless to boot, drain the budget of money we need to spend at home. End the wars and the budget will repair itself.
Check their list for events near you.
The numbers are staggering: Over $1 trillion spent so far on the invasions and occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan since October 2001. Now we must add at least $1.1 million each for the Tomahawk missiles being launched into Libya — over 112 missiles were launched just the first day.
Nearly half of each tax dollar going to the Pentagon and military contractors. Cities and states are closing schools, cutting services, furloughing staff. Thousands of civilians and soldiers killed with no evidence that the world is safer.
Get out on (or before) tax day — Monday, April 18 is the final day to file this year – to protest the obscene and increasing military budget.
As Steppenwolf said in ‘Monster’ back in the 60’s:
“We don’t know how to mind our own business
Because the whole world’s got to be just like us
Now we are fighting a war over there
No matter who wins, you know we can’t pay the cost.”
Except now it’s even worse, we are fighting multiple wars, not just one. The US, more than any other country, has an economy based on war. This needs to change. Country Joe knew this.
“Come on Wall Street, don’t move slow
Man, this is war au go go
There’s plenty good money to be made
By supplying the Army with the tools of the trade”
An economy based on war needs endless wars to continue. We need to stop the war machine. I’m not a tax protester, but many are. These protests are an excellent way to focus attention on our bloated and obscene military budget – something which both our deeply complicit parties fund with few if any questions.
Ozzy summed them up well in two words, didn’t he? “War pigs.”