Letter: Pentagon spending should be challenged

Published: 1/18/2019 12:01:09 AM

Next month, President Donald Trump is expected to propose a huge Pentagon budget for 2020. Recent reports suggest it may be as high as a mind-boggling $750 billion. This is a shameful waste of resources. The Pentagon budget needs to be cut. The funds should be transferred to education, health care and environmental needs.

Last year, New Hampshire’s entire congressional delegation voted to approve the 2019 Pentagon budget, which itself included a massive increase over previous years. In the entire Congress, only 10 senators and 54 representatives opposed this budget. One reason for this failure to rein in this budget is that the Pentagon intentionally spends money and creates jobs in every state. As a result, Congress feels pressure to support and even increase Pentagon spending, regardless of national security rationale.

But in fact, every million dollars spent on education, the environment and health care actually creates more jobs than the same amount spent on the military. A “Green New Deal,” originally proposed by Thomas Friedman and now being discussed in Congress, could create millions of jobs and stimulate the economy by combating climate change.

Please urge Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan, as well as Reps. Ann Kuster and Chris Pappas, to challenge Pentagon spending and transfer funds to human needs and environmental cleanup. These, too, are important elements of our national security.



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