Gazette guest columnist Kathleen Hall thinks the nation’s military spending has spiraled out of control, and it’s time to rein it in.
“There’s a lot of talk about balance in the budget between cutting expenditures and increasing tax revenue. There’s another kind of balance to consider on the spending side: domestic spending and military spending,” Hall, a member of Workers for Peace Iowa, said in a guest column published Wednesday. “The military budget has long been a sacred cow, but it’s time to look at it rationally.
“Rather than automatically giving the Pentagon whatever it asks, let’s reassess our military mission with respect to terrorism, unrest and instability,” she added. Analyze what works, what’s needed, and what isn’t. And be suspicious of military contractors and politicians lobbying for more than the Pentagon asks.
“Military budgets are swollen at the cost of other needed programs. What do we spend on peace? Worldwide, just $1 is spent on conflict prevention for every $1,885 on military budgets. Here in the United States, less than 2 percent of income tax goes to civilian foreign affairs agencies, while 39 percent goes to the military.
“Let’s put our tax dollars where they will be of most benefit,” she concluded. “And never forget: While war is costly, peace is priceless.”
Read the column linked above for more information. Do you agree with Hall? Is it time to reassess the nation’s military spending and priorities?