Friday, June 24, 2011

Our Money for Us

We are thrilled that the U.S. Conference of Mayors voted this week to approve a resolution to redirect military spending to domestic priorities and to bring U.S. troops home from Afghanistan and Iraq. This effort was led by our own Eugene mayor, Kitty Piercy, who was the lead sponsor. Go Kitty!

The resolution calls on Congress to allow billions of dollars to be redirected to U.S. cities, many of which are struggling with severe budget shortfalls and the need to eliminate city programs. Piercy's resolution "calls for speeding up (troop) withdrawals as our cities and our families are in need."

As one of the wealthiest countries in the world, we would have plenty of money to take care of ourselves if we were to stop trying to maintain our own world hierarchy with the United States on the top. Hierarchies require extensive resources to maintain. We cannot afford our huge military and we don't need to be the world police. We are glad to see the mayors take this stand.