We want a "peace economy" that creates jobs, invests in our communities, restores and improves public services, saves the environment, and builds the infrastucture. We urge you to sign the petition at www.jobs-not-wars.org that calls for an end to the austerity and militarism that this Congress and Administration seem intent on.
Among the cuts in spending proposed by the House bill last week is a $786 million cut in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants to first providers. That means 19% less money for the emergency agencies (fire departments, rescue squads, etc.) that are the "boots on the ground" when disaster strikes. The House Appropriations Committee refused to cut military spending, asserting that that giant sum is necessary for "security." But what is smart security? It certainly must include supporting the people helping on the disaster scene. The House bill is not a carefully wrought plan to control the deficit. It is a hatchet job with little concern for smart security. If you haven't already, watch our video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v20Vm33Rx10. It is about this very thing.