This newspaper has provided an excellent explanation of the effect of President Trump's proposed budget. Many local groups have responded with letters and columns detailing how their important programs are at risk. Fort Wayne for Peace with People for the Common Good and United Activists of Fort Wayne invite you to rally to express how you feel about the budget.
The issue simply comes down to a choice between guns and butter. The winners are the military Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs. The losers are the domestic programs such as social services and the humanities that make up the rest of our discretionary budget.
Supporters of increased military spending will tell you it's needed to protect our troops. As an Air Force veteran, I believe it will likely be used for expensive weapon systems that facilitate future wars. Patriotism is not support for perpetual war - it is, “love for or devotion to one's country.” This budget will give $54 billion to a military full of documented waste and fraud. www.wwfor.org/wp-content/uploads/Waste-in-the-Pentagon-Budget.pdf
Will spending more than nine times Russia's military budget make us safer? An effective budget should be subject to cost/benefit analysis. How many Americans will die from lack of healthcare because the threat of terrorism has scared us senseless? Will we allow our lives and culture to be diminished to fund wars of aggression?
If you are one of the millions of Americans affected by the budget cuts, we encourage you to consider activism. If you believe peace is patriotic, join us on the Courthouse Green at 2 p.m. April 15.
Tim Tiernon for Fort Wayne for Peace, People for the Common Good Executive Committee, United Activists of Fort Wayne