Activists are urging Congress to stop wasting so much money on what increasingly look like futile wars. New websites are springing up to oppose the latest “emergency” $33 billion supplemental budget that would bring the total tab so far on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to $1 trillion, while supporting candidates who want to stop the endless fighting. Some lawmakers are already on board. Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL), for example, recently introduced the War is Making You Poor Act which would force the Pentagon to pay for the wars out of its regular budget (which currently stands at $549 billion). Some of the savings would cut the budget deficit by $16 billion. The rest would enable American taxpayers to exempt their first $35,000 in earnings from taxes. “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,” Grayson wrote in a Daily Kos blog post.
Fighting War Funding
Activists and lawmakers are adopting new tactics to rein in spending on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
May 25, 2010