Dane County Bring Our War Dollars Home resolution

Passed by the Dane County Board on January 10, 2013 with a vote of 26 supporting, 5 opposing and 5 absent or abstaining:

 

Res. 145

CALLING ON CONGRESS AND THE PRESIDENT TO REDIRECT U.S. MILITARY SPENDING TO ADDRESS CRITICAL DOMESTIC PRIORITIES: BRING OUR WAR DOLLARS HOME.

The deep economic recession which began in 2007 has resulted in broad negative impacts on programs and services provided by counties and municipalities across the nation, including Dane County. However, U.S. military spending has approximately doubled in the past decade, in real dollars and as a percentage of the federal discretionary spending.

Nearly all the automatic budget cuts the Pentagon now may face are not true cuts, but reductions in the rate of military spending growth. Even if the "sequestration" cuts
are made, the Pentagon's budget would remain larger than it was in 2006 (adjusted for inflation), which at the time was the among the highest levels of military spending since World War II. Yet, federal dollars spent on education, health care, housing and clean energy will produce more jobs than dollars spent on military operations overseas.

Taxpayers in Dane County, Wisconsin have paid a total of $2.3 billion in total spending for invasions and occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan since Federal Fiscal Year 2001. In effect, this means that local governments in Dane County could have:

  • For every 100 elementary school children (grades 1 to 5) in Dane County, hired 11 new classroom teachers in 2002, keep them on to today and lowered class sizes
  • Provided every 18-year-old in Dane County a four-year scholarship to a university since 2002
  • Paid the entire household utility bill for 47 percent of the households in Dane County since 2002, allowing residents to fix up their homes or meet other needs
  • Provided for low-income health care for 79 percent of all poor people in Dane County since 2002

Numerous opinion polls show that the people of the United States favor redirecting withdrawing U.S. military personnel from Afghanistan and redirecting spending towards domestic priorities.

NOW BE IT RESOLVED that the Dane County Board of Supervisors calls upon the U.S. Congress and President to pursue strategies to reduce military operations overseas; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Dane County Board of Supervisors calls upon the U.S. Congress and President to redirect excessive military spending to fund education, housing, public and private sector job creation, programs to support veterans and their families, restoration of U.S. infrastructure, debt reduction, and environmental protection; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Dane County Board of Supervisors calls upon other county and municipal governments in Wisconsin to adopt comparable resolutions that seek to redirect military spending to meet urgent domestic needs; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Dane County Board of Supervisors directs that copies of this resolution be sent to the Wisconsin Counties Association and the National Association of Counties; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the Dane County Board of Supervisors directs that copies of this resolution be sent to members of the Wisconsin Congressional delegation and to President Barack Obama.

Submitted by:  Supervisor Kyle Richmond, with 16 cosponsors