Green Party leaders said that cutting at least $300 billion per year from military spending would resolve the budget stalemate and would free up funds to reinvest in providing jobs and rebuilding the U.S. economy, including a rapid transition to carbon-free energy. Greens blame the current deficit on reckless imperial ventures around the world, costly and unnecessary defense contracts, and tax cuts for the rich.
“Since 2001, Presidents Bush and Obama have launched wars and military attacks that have drained the U.S. budget,” said T.E. Smith, Vietnam War veteran and a member of the DC Statehood Green Party. “These actions and various ‘homeland security’ boondoggles have made the defense budget a feeding trough for contractors — while Congress and the White House continued to pump more money into the military budget. It’s time to scale military operations and spending back to what’s needed strictly for defense of our borders.” Continue Reading