Military funding leaves little for life
The Department of National Defence budget is $21.2 billion, $4.8 billion higher than it was when the Harper government took office. I do not have percentage breakdowns.
Most people favour spending cuts instead of raising taxes and some want to continue deficits. But Ekos pollster Frank Graves was quoted as saying that defence would be the most popular target WRITE TO US: Email: email@example.com Website: www.cbpost.com Fax: 902-562-7077 Post: The Cape Breton Post Letters to the Editor Box 1500, 255 George St., Sydney, NS B1P 6K6 The CapeBretonPost welcomes letters on matters of public interest for publication over the writer’s name. Letters must state home address and phone number where authorship can be reached for verification. Letters must be no more than 300 words. Publication is at the discretion of the Post and all letters are subject to editing for readability, grammar, taste, propriety and length. To encourage a diversity of contributors and opinions, letters by same writer will not appear more frequently than twice a month. Copyright in letters and other materials submitted to the publisher and accepted for publication remains with the author, but the publisher and its licensees may freely reproduce them in print, electronic or other forms. For e-mailed letters, do not include attachments. Opinions expressed in letters are those of the authors. The Cape Breton Post, its publisher or publishers, and Transcontinental Nova Scotia Media Group Inc. do not necessarily endorse the views expressed therein. for any future cutbacks.
In mid-January, U.S. President Barack Obama pledged $100 million in U.S. government aid to earthquake-devastated Haiti. Compare that to the $100-billion price tag to keep 100,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan for a year.
More than a million Haitians are still homeless and vast numbers (the latest estimate is 75 per cent) don’t have tents or tarps. The rainy season is fast approaching, and there is serious danger of typhoid and dysentery.
There is no shortage of bombs in Afghanistan but a lethal shortage of tents in Haiti. Such priorities are routine.
There is plenty of money in the U.S. treasury for war in Afghanistan. But domestic needs – job creation, for instance – is another matter.
To quote Norman Solomon: “But the warfare state, with vast budgets for military purposes, has scant funds for sustaining life.” Ron MacDougall Sydney Mines