Sunday, April 21, 2019

Invest In Life On Our Beloved Planet And Let A New Day Dawn

 As all world religions celebrate life with a spring holiday, it's a fitting time to look at transforming the U.S. government's addiction to death dealing, and to remember that we, the people, can rise above the cult of death. 

People have been writing letters to Maine newspapers about the possibility of converting the Bath Iron Works (BIW) shipyard to building something other than war ships. General Dynamics has their trolls at work ridiculing this suggestion on my Twitter account. Rather than feed them one by one, I offer this chart dispelling the notion that the fifth year in a row of increased military spending is necessary for the U.S. to be "safe" from the military might of other nations. 

As even the Pentagon admits, climate change is the biggest threat to everyone's safety.

Source: The New Yorker

The Pentagon is the biggest carbon polluter of any organization on the planet. Militarism is literally fueling climate change, and flooding of coastal areas worldwide is already underway as ice melts and water is released into the oceans.

Conversion is perceived as a threat by the insanely wealthy CEOs and other upper management of weapons manufacturers like General Dynamics, which owns BIW. They want to keep their yachts, their stock options, and they want to keep reinvesting their obscene profits in buying back their own stock (which increases the metrics for their millions in annual bonuses).

Who would Jesus support -- wealthy weapons corporations, or the people who live on this planet? I think we all know the answer to that.

Join us in Bath on Saturday, April 27 to protest the launch of yet another warship. We'll be there at 8:30am outside the gates of BIW as a procession of elected officials arrive to pay homage to big campaign contributor General Dynamics. Stand with us to demand conversion now, before it's too late.

Monday, April 15, 2019

You Okay With Over Half Your Discretionary Tax Dollars Going To The Pentagon? ('Cause CEOs Need New Yachts)

Or to put it another way,

Weapons are the US's #1 industrial export.  When weapons are your #1 industrial export, what is your global marketing strategy for that product line?

The good folks at National Priorities Project have done our federal budget homework for us again.

Full Tax Day analysis and fact sheets:

Here are a few of their sample tweets for April 15, 2019. They are basing their calculations on federal taxes paid in 2018 covering the year 2017:

Average annual U.S. tax bill for public housing: $9.79. We can afford more. #ShowTheReceipts #TaxDay2019

The average taxpayer paid $225 to military contractor Lockheed Martin, but only $9.79 for public housing.  #ShowTheReceipts #TaxDay2019

The average tax bill for welfare (TANF) is just $6.50 per month. Military contractors take $144 per month.  #ShowTheReceipts #TaxDay2019

The average taxpayer last year paid $180 for all diplomacy and foreign aid, compared to almost nineteen times as much — $3,395 – for the Pentagon and military. #ShowTheReceipts #TaxDay2019

President Trump wants to eliminate the Low Income Heating and Energy Assistance Program, which costs the average taxpayer just $16.32 per year. #ShowTheReceipts #TaxDay2019

Meanwhile, corporate fat cats (like "defense" contractors) are paying less and less of their fair share.