Over the past few days, we’ve highlighted the percentage of income taxes that go to fund the military as well as President Barack Obama’s Defense budget, which actually increase the spending of the Bush administration.
United for Peace and Justice–one of the country’s largest anti-war groups–has a new petition online calling for a 25% decrease in military spending by 2010:
APPEAL TO PRESIDENT OBAMA AND THE U.S. CONGRESS: CUT MILITARY SPENDING 25% BY 2010
In the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s work to end poverty, racism, and war, we, the people of the United States, call on the Obama administration and the U.S. Congress to end the U.S. wars and occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and to address the economic and environmental crises by cutting military spending by 25% in 2010 and redirecting our tax dollars to housing, health care, education, green jobs, and clean energy.
The petition is part of the organization’s ongoing“Beyond War” campaign that seeks to connect the issues of war, racism, and poverty. The group is working to link the solutions to the current economic crisis to its long-term calls for ending the occupation.
It’s hard to say how effective the petition campaign will be, but it’s a lot easier than war tax resistance.