At the Fiscal Cliff on Trial forum in Kansas City, Mo., an indictment of the "fiscal cliff," its creators, and manipulators for crimes against the well-being of our community and nation was read by "prosecutor" Ira Harritt, program coordinator with the American Friends Service Committee in Kansas City.
The event, organized by AFSC and co-sponsored by Jobs Now, UMKC Economics Club and National Lawyers Guild, Occupy KC, Move to Amend, and PeaceWorks KC, took place on Saturday, Dec. 1, at the University of Missouri, KCMO.
Because of the misdirected budget debate in Washington essential social programs from social security to food stamps are on the chopping block in Washington. You know cutting programs for those most in need, for those who have lost their jobs or homes due to the economic recession or cutting benefits for the elderly on fixed income is not the answer to our economic problems.
The federal budget crisis is not a deficit crisis, but a crisis of priorities.
Choosing to continue enormous tax breaks for the millionaires and spending 60 percent of public discretionary dollars on the Pentagon makes no sense, as millions struggle to find work and to feed and house their families.
Did you know that the United States currently has over 5,000 nuclear weapons deployed and held in reserve? Or that if we cut $100 billion of nuclear spending - as Congressman Edward Markey has suggested - we could employ 1,270,900 elementary school teachers for a year? Download this informational handout to learn more about nuclear weapons spending, and what weapons programs we can cut to improve our security and to ensure that everyone's human needs are met in the United States.
The Afghanistan war grinds on, the Pentagon budget keeps growing, corporations and the 1%'ers are paying lower taxes than their secretaries, Social Security and other benefits are under attack, and next to nothing is being done to create jobs. Instead of addressing these problems, the House of Representatives showed that it is still gripped by deficit fever when it passed the draconian Ryan budget, and gave only 78 votes to the alternative presented by the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
On April 17, 2012, Tax Day over 150 area residents stood up, marched and placed the blame for the U.S.’s economic suffering directly where it belonged: Tax cuts and tax cheats; Financial Speculation and Policies Favoring only the 1%; and excessive military spending.
This video is of the delivery of the overdue tax bill to Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), one of the 2010 top 20 Pentagon contractors.
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