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Where’s The Money For “X”? Jesse Jackson Has the Answer: Cut the Defense Budget!

June 16, 2019

Jesse Jackson’s recent Common Dreams op ed article offers the solution to the never-ending questions about lowering costs for college, funding Universal Pre-K, providing more resources for urban and rural districts whose tax bases have eroded, and upgrading our infrastructure. The title of the article, “Bring the Troops Home and Send More Kids to College“, gives the solution.

While Mr. Jackson’s article is narrower in scope than the list of needs in the opening paragraph of this post— he’s focussing on cuts to Pell grants that help low income students attend colleges— the fact is that defense spending is increasing while the costs for the safety net services are decreasing… and as I am writing this post it appears that President Trump’s cabinet members are ginning up a need for us to send troops (and, consequently even MORE money) to Iran.

I we REALLY want to make our nation stronger and our economy more vibrant, we need to pay workers more and provide an equitable opportunity for students of all backgrounds to make their lives better. Increasing spending on defense is not the best way to accomplish that.

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