The war is making us poor Act

May 21, 2010 | By | 4 Replies More

I’m delighted to share the letter that Representative Alan Grayson just sent to me.  The basic idea is that the obsession of U.S. politicians to fight needless wars is making us poor as a nation (in addition to the immorality of what we are doing in Iraq and Afghanistan).

After reviewing the letter, I went to Grayson’s website dedicated to cutting the military budget, I became about the 11,000th person to sign his petition, and I’m reprinting Grayson’s letter (below).  Finally, we see someone who can speak about the military budget with some sanity. I agree with Alan Grayson that we need to stop our absolutely senseless “wars” and, instead, use our money here at home to stabilize our country’s noticeable downward economic and social slide. Before you read Grayson’s letter, please review (and choke on) two posts about the U.S. military budget numbers here and here.

Dear Erich,

Next week, there is going to be a “debate” in Congress on yet another war funding bill. The bill is supposed to pass without debate, so no one will notice.

What George Orwell wrote about in “1984” has come true. What Eisenhower warned us about concerning the “military-industrial complex” has come true. War is a permanent feature of our societal landscape, so much so that no one notices it anymore.

Image: Creative Commons

Image: Creative Commons

But we’re going to change this. Today, we’re introducing a bill called ‘The War Is Making You Poor Act’. The purpose of this bill is to connect the dots, and to show people in a real and concrete way the cost of these endless wars. We’re working to get co-sponsors in Congress, but, we need citizen co-sponsors as well. Become a citizen cosponsor today at Act Now.

Next year’s budget allocates $159,000,000,000 to perpetuate the occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq. That’s enough money to eliminate federal income taxes for the first $35,000 of every American’s income. Beyond that, leaves over $15 billion to cut the deficit.

And that’s what this bill does. It eliminates separate funding for the occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan, and eliminates federal income taxes for everyone’s first $35,000 of income ($70,000 for couples). Plus it pays down the national debt. Does that sound good to you? Then please sign our petition in support of this bill, and help us build a movement to end our permanent state of war.

The costs of the war have been rendered invisible. There’s no draft. Instead, we take the most vulnerable elements of our population, and give them a choice between unemployment and missile fodder. Government deficits conceal the need to pay in cash for the war.

We put the cost of both guns and butter on our Chinese credit card. In fact, we don’t even put these wars on budget; they are still passed using ’emergency supplemental’. A nine-year ’emergency’.

Let’s show Congress the cost of these wars is too much for us. Tell Congress that you like ‘The War Is Making You Poor Act’. No, tell Congress you love it. All we are saying is “give peace a chance.” We will end these wars.



Alan Grayson


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Category: Economy, Military, Politics, Uncategorized, War

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. Erich Vieth says:

    Here's a safe bet when the government comes asking for multi-billions to "finish" a war: Don't believe what you hear, no matter what party is in power:

    "Members of Congress with any inclination to balk at President Obama's massive emergency war-funding request have found their case strengthened by two recent reports that question many of the administration's key premises and assumptions."

    The pattern is completely predictable:

  2. HAMID KHAN says:

    Alan Grayson's frank appeal to stop the war is the best course of action now. This is the right thing to do. It was so easy to start a war on four counts of lies, and false pretexts. It is imperative that we all subscribe to stopping this war on the ground of morality, sanity and national interest. It's been long overdue. Anything less is going to cost us more.

    • Erich Vieth says:

      Hamid: The insanity in ongoing. The latest episode is that while hundreds of thousands of teachers are facing layoffs,

      Congress is about to pass an additional $32 billion to pay for the war In Afghanistan. It will have overwhelming bipartisan support, with legislators eager to display their fealty to the troops in an election year.

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