Organizing Notes

Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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The collapsing US military & economic empire is making Washington & NATO even more dangerous. US could not beat the Taliban but thinks it can take on China-Russia-Iran...a sign of psychopathology for sure.

Monday, April 17, 2006

TAX DAY AND TORTURE


It's tax day in America. Tax day and torture. How does that sound to you? According to the War Resisters League (see link above) 49 cents out of every tax dollar now goes to the Pentagon. That means of course there is increasingly no money for other priorities. No money for health care as 46 million Americans now have no health insurance. No money for education as local schools face teacher lay-offs and other budget cuts. College students face cutbacks in tuition assistance and end up with thousands of dollars of debt upon graduation. On and on the story goes.

But there is lots of money for war....for permanent bases in Iraq.....for torture chambers around the world....for new hugely expensive weapons systems....for an arms race in space......for new expensive Navy destroyers.....for bombing Iran.....

The Repubs and the Dems vote for this madness. They blame each other for the condition of things but both parties hold hands and keep appropriating more money for the endless war cycle we are now in.....$8 billion a month in Iraq and no end in site.

You can claim you don't support the war but in fact you do. Taxes and torture. What are we to do about this? This war is our war now. We are paying for it.....it is in our name.....Iran could be next....how long must it go on before we stand up and resist this insanity?

Tax day and torture.

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