Obama calls for Defense Budget Reform – A Smart Defense Budget

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If you’re spending almost four hundred billion dollars on defense, you’re choosing national security over economic secuity, whether you realize it or not.

by Robert L. Hanafin, Staff Writer, Major, U.S. Air Force-Retired

During his last address before Congress, President Obama made a powerful case for investing in what is "absolutely critical to our economic future": green energy, universal health care and educational opportunity. And the President clearly said one way we can find the money:

In a single day, one of the most powerful Republican members of Congress and then the President himself both took up the call we at TrueMajority have been championing for years. We have to back them up and campaign to get this done.

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True Majority is raising funds in honor of our 44th President — the first one since
Gen. Dwight Eisenhower willing to take on the defense industry lobbyists. President Obama can’t do it alone nor with promises. There are those within his own Defense Department and hold overs from the Bush administration who will passionately oppose this effort on behalf of their friends in the Defense Industry. Not to mention the revolving door between the Defense Industry and senior Pentagon leadership both uniformed and civilian.

     Now that we’ve got our chance to win, we can’t afford to be out-shouted by conservative wing nuts.
You remember what the stimulus fight was like: A few right-wingers held the process hostage for days,
while more and more Americans lost their jobs. It took thousands of phone calls from you and our
partner organizations to round up the votes in Congress.

We’re beginning a campaign to build the same support for changing the way the military budget works,
but it can only happen with your participation and contributions.

Help Kick off the campaign. Hundreds of members have joined already, and our action squads will start
gathering next week. We can’t afford to stop fighting when we’ve got a real chance to change the nation’s priorities by investing in true economic security and still have a smart defense.

Matt Holland
Online Director
TrueMajority / USAction

www.cnn.co2009/POLITICS/02/24/sotn.obama.transcript/

 

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