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Jeffersons Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:08 PM
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Yesterday, a group of courageous U.S. Representatives introduced the Common Sense Budget Act, which would take $60 Billion in wasted Pentagon funding and spend it instead on schools, doctors, and stuff we care about.

This money could save 6 million kids who die of starvation each year in impoverished countries. It could rebuild our public schools and provide health insurance for our kids who dont have it. It could do all this and a lot more, every year. And its exactly what tens of thousands of TrueMajority members have been asking for.

With a group of respected business and military leaders, weve planned a yearlong campaign to spread that common sense across the country. Can you donate today to make it happen?

Our partner in this campaign, Business Leaders for Sensible Priorities, has already established field offices in Iowa and New Hampshire. Full-page newspaper ads have been prepared to pressure the House and Senate budget chairmen to pay attention. Were making plans for delivering the 40,000+ petitions signed by TrueMajority members like you asking for a sensible, moral federal budget.

ADDED ON EDIT - But it will take $50,000 to keep the momentum going for the first half of this year, so contribute as much as you can. If you simply wish to join our ongoing petition signing efforts to curb wasteful defense spending visit this link. Participation in the program literally takes only a few minutes each month.

Yes, youll be taking on a big job; the habit of giving away HALF of the federal discretionary budget to defense contractors developed over decades and wont be broken overnight. But look at the resources we have on our side:

President Reagan's former Asst. Secretary of Defense,<3>
a whole list of retired admirals and generals (including the former commander of the U.S. Second Fleet),<4>
650 current and former CEOs and other business leaders,<5>
...and the majority of the American public.<6>
And dont forget, some representatives are already so convinced this is the right thing to do that they were willing to stick their necks out in an election year.

"What better serves the cause of national security? Investment in first responders, energy independence and global nutrition ... or billions that we're still pouring into the F-22A Raptor, which was designed to outpace Soviet fighter jets?" Common Sense Budget Act sponsor Lynn Woolsey (D-CA)

Thanks for taking on this important work,

Matt Holland
TrueMajorityACTION's Online Director

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Selatius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:22 PM
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1. It's a small step in the right direction.
Edited on Fri Mar-10-06 01:23 PM by Selatius
I'm in favor of radically raising education standards to match those of European systems, increasing the number of qualified teachers in our public schools, and cutting the size of classrooms in this country by roughly half. I'd also be in favor of shifting student loan dollars from the Federal Family Education Loan program to the William D. Ford Direct Loan program. The days of subsidizing private for-profit lenders should be brought to an end. The private bankers need to be removed from the equation. Nobody should be profiting off of the education of our students, and we should study ways to radically increase competition between colleges in order to aggressively slash the costs of college education and bring tuition inflation down to sustainable levels.

I'm also be in favor of some form of socialized health care. It could come at the national level, or it could come at the state level like efforts in Massachusetts. It could even come in the form of government assistance in the establishment of more non-profit health insurance companies owned by the people for the people that offers the same services but with lower costs due to no profit mark-up and the repeal of laws which could hinder the progress of these non-profits.
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Jeffersons Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:40 PM
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3. Here's a way to attain those goals, Selatus


Oreo Transcript


We've got a picture.


Hi, I'm Ben Cohen (or a reasonable facsimile thereof). I started Ben and Jerry's, but there are some things in life that are even more important than ice cream. So now I'm working with, over 300,000 of us that are taking America back (from the current craziness).

Here's one of the things we're working on - the federal budget effects everybody but it's so big that nobody can figure it out.


Federal budget...What do I care?


Whadda you care? It's your money. And it's why college scholarships have dried up, our public schools are broke, and there's 12 million kids growing up in poverty. Well, these are serious problems. Now, I'm a dessert guy. So when I'm faced with a serious problem, I think about...dessert!

In this case, Oreo cookies!

Let's say one cookie equals 10 billion dollars. The Pentagon's annual budget is forty cookies or four hundred billion dollars a year. So how much do you think we spend on this other stuff?

Not much. And that's why our schools don't work and children are left out in the cold. The government makes it sound like it's impossible to solve these problems, but it's not. Here's how we could do it...

Just take 5 cookies a year off this pile. Use 1 cookie to rebuild our schools, 1 to eliminate our need for mideast oil, and 2 to feed all of the six million starving kids around the world. Then take the last cookie, (you've all done this before) and use half to provide health insurance and a quarter to provide Headstart for every kid that needs it. You can eat the other 1/4 cookie. But remember, that's 2.5 billion dollars. Try not to choke!


But that's gonna make our armed forces too weak. How are we supposed to pay for our nukes and our new jet fighters and submarines? We'll be vulnerable!


Vulnerable to who? Russia, our highest spending potential enemy, spends 7 cookies worth - and they're actually an ally. The military budget of china, the next highest spender, is 5 cookies - and they're a major trading partner.


What about the axis of evil? We need those cookies to help fight terrorism!


Those guys combined spend less than one cookie. Not even a whole cookie!

So as you can see... it's possible to pay for all these social needs, and still have more than enough left over to deal with these guys.


You're starting to make sense, ice cream man, but there's gotta be more to it than tossing cookies around. How can I accomplish anything? I'm just one person!


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Selatius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 02:58 PM
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7. It makes so much sense. In fact, it makes too much sense.
Edited on Fri Mar-10-06 03:02 PM by Selatius
If I gave people this much a dose of reality, their heads would explode because they haven't been exposed to this kind of common sense coming from government in a long time. :sarcasm:

Honestly, it's a neat way to present the issue to people. If everybody on the board of directors of all major Fortune 500 companies were as conscientious as the folks at Ben & Jerry's, this country would resemble "workers' paradise" compared to our current, harsh reality of greed, corruption, and war.
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Jeffersons Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 07:09 PM
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8. too true...
If we wait on BIG Business to become responsible for anything other than profits we'll be waiting a very long time to get disappointed... As for building a "workers paradise," the responsibility lies within the buying public... I wish I could say that I ONLY bought goods produced in the U.S. but it wouldn't be true... I try but it's a challenge.
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:23 PM
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2. Well, whadayaknow!
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texpatriot2004 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 02:14 PM
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4. Thanks for this post nm
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Jeffersons Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 11:41 PM
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10. thank you tex
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Bake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 02:38 PM
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5. And in related news, hell just froze over!
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NativeTexan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 02:42 PM
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6. If we DON'T raise education standards in this country.....
.....we are doomed to lifetimes of MORE ILLITERATE AND IGNORANT PRESIDENTS!!


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Jeffersons Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 07:58 PM
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9. yep tex...
He's much too stupid to do ANYTHING without guidance... We must also keep in mind that the House and Senate are responsible for his tax cuts to top money holders as living standards decline in the general populace.
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NativeTexan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 01:19 PM
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11. Very true, and yet, if there was a Democrat in the WH.... would have been next to impossible for them to have accomplished that crap. This is a VAST RIGHT-WING CONSPIRACY, just like the one back in the 90's that repugs scoffed about after Hillary so correctly called them on it!
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