The Pentagon is creating a “slush fund” to avoid budget cuts. They will take about $20 billion dollars from the war-fighting budget and use it to pay routine Pentagon expenses. There is no such “slush fund” to protect food stamps, transportation or public education.
Join the Thunderclap to Crush the Slush Fund at http://thndr.it/PjBDfH.
Ask your organization to sign a national letter to Congress opposing the Pentagon’s use of this war slush fund to avoid mandatory budget cuts, while working families bear the full brunt of cuts. Fill out this form – http://j.mp/OCOsignon2014.
We need Congress to put an end to these budget shenanigans. No more behind the scenes, back room deals to protect the Pentagon budget.
If you want to dig deeper into the facts on the Pentagon’s “slush fund,” read the report by National Priorities Project or view this Webinar: Eliminate the Pentagon Slush Fund with Stephen Miles from Win Without War and Mary Zerkel of American Friends Service Committee, http://bit.ly/webinarOCO.
For a toolkit on OCO, email Ross Wallen at USAction.Heading into Tax Day, they’re connecting the issue of Pentagon spending to our work around tax fairness and trade-offs with vital services like SNAP and investments in job creation and infrastructure.
On March 12 the Congressional Progressive Caucus released its Better Off Budget. This alternative federal budget for 2014 would create almost 9 million jobs by 2017, protect Social Security and Medicare, eliminate the OCO slush budget, cut base-level Pentagon spending, and fund a just transition for communities and workers whose jobs disappear. Call your congressperson and senators at 202-224-3121 and ask them to support the CPC’s Better Budget.
2014 is a year for highlighting the Pentagon budget, cutting more wasteful programs, and accelerating the transition from a militarized to a sustainable economy. Click here for the issues, tools, and timeline that will structure our work this year.
As Congress cuts the Pentagon’s budget, more communities are looking for ways to keep workers employed and businesses running. Our Resources Page lists federal assistance and planning programs, state legislation to set up Futures Commissions, and strategies for activists. New items: a list of places where military manufacturing contracts are likely to be cut, and a leaflet you can take to your mayor saying, “apply for a transition planning grant!“
The Jet that Ate the Pentagon features industry and defense experts who discuss the plane’s fatal flaws. A new website, F35BadDeal.com, supplies information and action ideas. Already, over 100,000 people have signed a petition demanding that Congress stop wasting taxpayer dollars on the F-35.
Defense News, April 7th, 2014: The conventional wisdom that there won’t be another Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) round is dangerously short-sighted. Continue Reading…
The Atlantic, March 11th, 2014: New York Times columnist David Brooks says Americans “have lost faith in the idea that American political and military institutions can do much to shape the world. American opinion is marked by an amazing sense of limitation—that there are severe restrictions on what political and military efforts can do.”
What on earth is “amazing” about that? Continue Reading…
Truthout, March 20th, 2014: the problem is not scarcity of money. The problem is how it is being spent. We are getting very little defense–training, maintenance, hardware, and troops–for a gigantic amount of money. Continue Reading…
Center for American Progress, February 25th, 2014: [The Pentagon] is still operating under the assumption that near-record-high funding levels will return—that if the Department of Defense can just weather this short-term budgetary storm, it can avoid adjusting its long-term plans to reflect existing fiscal realities. Continue Reading…