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Federal Budget from the Ground Up

A Commentary by Arnie Alpert

President Obama’s budget proposal, released today, will touch off Washington-centric squabbles over proper levels of federal spending and taxing.  Snooze-inducing terms like “continuing resolutions,”  “discretionary spending,” and “entitlement spending” will dominate political debates all the way through the presidential caucus/primary season to the 2012 election.

Video Vanguards - If I Had a Trillion Dollars...

IHTD videos

IHTD Video contest feature:
War spending from the Video Vanguards "What would you do for your community if you had a trillion dollars?"

See the other entries on YouTube.

IHTD Chicago

IHTD videos

Video submission for the "If I Had a Trillion Dollars" youth video contest. This was done by an undergraduate student student from Columbia College and two graduate students from University of Chicago and discusses what the money that Chicagoan's have paid in taxes for the war could have been spent on instead of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Concord (NH) Monitor: Budget Advice for Gregg: For cuts, look to military spending

The AFSC's Arnie Alpert writes in an open letter/opinion article to  U.S. Sen. Judd Gregg:

The recommendations from Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles, co-chairs of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility, released last Wednesday, include some interesting ideas. But they stray from the major factors which drove up the deficit over the past decade. As you and the other members of commission complete your work in the next two weeks, we hope you will focus on reversing tax cuts, decreasing military spending, and ending the recession.

Create Jobs, Cut Military Spending to Address Deficit

This op-ed first appeared in the Concord Sunday Monitor

November 14, 2010

Budget advice for Gregg; For cuts, look to military spending

 Arnie Alpert

 To U.S. Sen. Judd Gregg:

America in Decline: Paths to 21st Century Security & Prosperity - Joseph Gerson's Watertown UU Sermon

Joseph Gerson was invited to deliver the Sermon at the Watertown Unitarian Church, October 17. His talk touched on tragic similarities between German and U.S. militarism. He explained that many of the sources of the "American Century" caried with them the seeds of U.S. 21st century decline. He reviewed the economic, military, cultural, spiritual, intellectual and political dimensions of U.S. decline and points to Common Security (domestic and international) poliicies that can provide greater security and prosperity in the 21st century.

Silent Screams: The Impact of U.S. Drone Attacks

Sunday, August 8, 2010 - 9:00am

Come see this 35-minute documentary film followed by discussion with Director/Producer Karla Hansen and her husband, Drake professor Ismael Hossein-zadeh, author of The Political Economy of U.S. Militarism

This Emerging Issues Presentation - Making Peace in the Face of War is sponsored by Grace United Methodist Church

Funding Schools, Not War

By Ira Harritt, AFSC Kansas City Program Coordinator

Guns and Mortarboards

David Burress of the Ad Astra Institute of Kansas presented this information at a panel organized by AFSC and the Institute of Labor Studies, UMKC on May 22, 2010. For more info, visit www.adastrainstitute.org.

Tax Day Protesters Defy Wind, Rain in Des Moines

This article and photo appear on pages 59 and 60 of the July 2010 issue of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. Reprinted with permission of the author.

by Michael Gillespie

     Four long-time Iowa activists defied the elements on April 15 to protest their government’s use of their tax dollars to fund wars.

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