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WNPJ asks the candidates about bringing our war dollars home

Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice

For immediate release:  November 5, 2012
Contact:  Diane Farsetta, 608-250-9240, cell 608-886-4757

The Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice today released the responses to its survey asking state candidates whether they support redirecting some portion of the U.S. military budget to meet domestic needs.  Overwhelmingly, those responding do support bringing our war dollars home.

The responses, from candidates running for the U.S. Senate, U.S. Congress, State Senate and State Assembly, are posted online at www.wnpj.org/2012survey

U.S. military spending has nearly doubled since 2001, while local, county and state governments face tough budget choices.  In response, communities across the country have passed resolutions calling for the redirection of resources from the Pentagon to domestic needs.

In Wisconsin, the Milwaukee city council unanimously passed a "war dollars home" resolution in September, and the AFT-Wisconsin union passed a resolution at its state conference in October.  A resolution has also been introduced to the Dane County Board.

The Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice (wnpj.org), a statewide network of more than 160 organizations, is supporting "war dollars home" resolutions around the state.  Wisconsin residents can look up their community's share of the bills for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and the Pentagon's ten most costly weapons systems on the WNPJ website.

WNPJ is a non-partisan, non-profit organization and does not endorse candidates.

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Survey Question

The Pentagon budget, plus military-related intelligence, homeland security and nuclear programs; veterans' affairs; and defense-related interest on the national debt account for nearly one-quarter of the entire federal budget or more than half of discretionary spending, at $832 billion (for fiscal year 2012).

The United States spends more on war and weaponry than all of our potential adversaries combined.  In fact, U.S. military spending could be cut by 80 percent and still remain the largest military budget in the world.  Moreover, U.S. military spending has nearly doubled since 2001, both in real dollars and as a percentage of federal discretionary spending.

Do you support redirecting some portion of the U.S. military budget to meet domestic needs, such as education, housing, healthcare, programs supporting veterans and their families, public and private sector job creation, infrastructure, and environmental protection?
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