“Grand Bargain” neither grand nor a bargain

Critical time to demand Pentagon cuts and preserve social security & veterans benefits…what you can do

Two caveats here first…

  1. We prefer to post original content here, but this story from Robert Naiman in the April 19 Common Dreams is a compelling call to action and a very simple explanation of the upcoming “Grand Bargain” legislation, proposed by President Obama, and
  2. We don’t normally recommend these online petitions.  They’re at least partially intended to build their email database and fund raise.  But we make an exception in this case.  Please consider signing here if you want to cut wasteful Pentagon spending rather than Social Security or veterans benefits.  It’s sponsored by MoveOn and Just Foreign Policy.

Naiman did an excellent job of laying out more details in this April 9 HuffPo post.The_Pentagon_January_2008  It debunks some of the myths surrounding Pentagon budget cuts.

From the Common Dreams piece:

All we have to do to cut the bloated Pentagon budget and use the money for human needs instead is kill the “chained CPI”…

The reason it has become this simple is that President Obama and Congress have made it this simple. The “grand bargain” that President Obama is seeking with Republicans who want to protect the bloated Pentagon budget would do three key things: 1) protect the bloated Pentagon budget 2) cut Social Security and veterans’ benefits and 3) raise taxes.

If the President’s effort to achieve a “grand bargain” with Republicans who want to protect the bloated Pentagon budget fails, then these three key things will happen instead: 1) the bloated Pentagon budget will be cut 2) Social Security and veterans’ benefits will be spared 3) taxes will not be raised.

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© 1979 – Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

Again, please have a look at the petition, sign, and pass it on.

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About VFP Linus Pauling Chapter

Veterans For Peace (VFP) is dedicated to eliminating war as an implement of foreign policy and to that end, works to educate the public about the true costs of war. Veterans For Peace (VFP) Linus Pauling Chapter 132 is a chapter of Veterans For Peace, St. Louis, MO, which has been waging peace since 1985 and is an NGO recognized by the United Nations. The local chapter and the national organization are both 501(c)3 non-profit organizations. Veterans For Peace is made up of veteran and associate members. More information about the national organization, including our Statement of Purpose and contact information for a VFP chapter near you, may be found at: www.veteransforpeace.org.
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