Today I called my two U.S. senators and expressed opposition to the 10% increase in the U.S. military budget.
I used a great new website I found called 5calls.org. The site lists current issues, relevant public officials' phone numbers, and even gives you an easy-to-follow script if you’re not sure what to say. Generally, I’m not a big caller (can’t I text my senator?), but some of these issues are too important to just do what I’ve been doing (voting, occasionally emailing), so I’m stepping it up.
One of the issues I’ve long cared about is how huge our military’s budget is. The U.S. spends $600 billion a year on our military--more than the next 7 highest spending countries combined. It’s half the entire discretionary spending budget for the U.S.! That 10% increase is about equivalent to the entire amount of money collected by 4-year public colleges in 2016. In other words, free college for everyone, or a defense budget increase for the world’s largest military?
Those are real choices, and I know which side I’m on. I’m a firm believer that education changes people, and the world, for the better. Wars rarely do so. And like most things, the more you invest in something, the more likely you are to use it.