When we asked our supporters which peace issue you most want the presidential candidates to address at the upcoming GOP and Democratic national conventions, close to 50 percent chose military spending.
Now that you’ve helped us choose, will you click here to send our question to the Obama and Romney campaigns?
Many of you eloquently expressed your outrage at the amount of money this country spends on war. Here’s what some of you had to say:
“I cannot comprehend why we need to spend more than all other countries combined on our military.”
“It makes no sense to increase military spending during a time of economic depression and with so many people out of work.”
“Our military approach to maintaining international superiority is a dead end… [and] is draining us in terms of our young men and women and our wealth.”
“Plain and simple, we need to reduce our military spending and increase our domestic welfare, education, infrastructure investment and health care spending. When are we going to start?”
We are at a very unique place in the debate on US military spending, and that makes now the right time to push. As Jon said in his email on Tuesday:
This is a fascinating time for supporters of cutting Pentagon spending. While Mitt Romney routinely brags in his stump speeches about his plans to increase military spending, the Obama campaign has been running ads attacking Mitt Romney for endorsing increases in military spending.For the first time in many years, support for jacking up military spending may be becoming a political liability.
The irony is that President Obama’s own budget also increases military spending, just not at the rate that Romney would. Polls are showing that there is a new and growing awareness among voters that bloated military spending is draining much-needed funds from our economy, while not increasing our security.
The Republican convention will be next week, and the Democratic convention the week after. That means both candidates will be making major speeches. Please click here to let them know that we expect them to lay out their visions for military spending, and if and when real reductions will take place.
This of course does not mean our work on any of these issues will slow down. For those of you who chose differently, we heard you loud and clear. Many of you were frustrated about the war in Afghanistan, and many pointed out the dangers of our nuclear stockpile. Also, preventing war with Iran topped the list of concerns named by the 6 percent of our supporters who chose “other.” Our campaigns on all of these issues will continue to build, and it’s wonderful to know we have you all standing with us.