To: The United States House of Representatives and The United States Senate

Don't Kill Big Bird to Fatten the Pentagon

Oppose any increase in the bloated Pentagon budget.

Why is this important?

Half of our federal income tax dollars already go to the bloated Pentagon and its corporate contractors. The U.S. already spends more on its military than the next seven countries combined. [1] Now President Trump wants to increase the bloated Pentagon budget by another ten percent, by cutting most federal agencies that aren't "involved in security." [2] The Trump budget would completely defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which the CPB president warned could cause “the collapse of the public media system." [3] The Trump proposal would also cut Meals on Wheels, which uses volunteers to deliver warm meals to more than a million older Americans every week. [4]

In their statements opposing the Trump budget, neither nor Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer [5] nor House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi [6] mentioned Trump’s proposal to add more bloat to the Pentagon. The reason for their silence surely wasn't public opinion: a recent poll found that 58 percent of Americans oppose the Trump plan to increase Pentagon spending by cutting other agencies. [7]

Urge Congress to oppose any increase to the bloated Pentagon budget by signing our petition.

References:
1. http://www.pgpf.org/chart-archive/0053_defense-comparison
2. https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-02-27/proposed-trump-budget-said-to-boost-defense-spending-cut-epa
3. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/16/business/media/corporation-for-public-broadcasting-cuts.html
4. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-meals-on-wheels_us_58caeda5e4b0ec9d29da217c
5. http://thehill.com/policy/finance/321333-schumer-trump-budget-would-benefit-wealthy-over-middle-class
6. http://www.democraticleader.gov/newsroom/22717/
7. https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2017-03-08/majority-of-americans-oppose-trumps-proposed-increases-to-the-defense-budget

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Reasons for signing

  • Cut it and cut it deep. The military budget is already way too big, and only serves to increase world instability, and suffering, while increasing the greed and aggression of those who put profits over human concerns.
  • We need this for America of the future!!
  • we need money spent on domestic infrastructure, get people back to work at sustainable jobs, and keep the safety net going. We need to decrease the excessive money going to Pentagon and the military in general. We need to stop the war machine. We need to stop being ugly Americans to the rest of the world.