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War Makes you Poor? Who Knew?!

May 24, 2010

This past Friday, something amazing happened: the connection between war funding and poverty was finally made in Congress, thanks to Rep. Grayson of Florida, who introduced the “War is Making You Poor Act.” It doesn’t get anymore direct than that title!

In his speech introducing the bill, Grayson stated: “This is an idea whose time has come. It’s time for the American people to see there is no longer any need to go beyond the exorbitant base defense budget. It is not necessary. Enough is enough.”

If this bill were passed, it would ensure that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are funded completely through the $549 billion allocated for the Pentagon budget. This would leave the additional $159 billion for “emergency war funding” for a good old-fashion tax break. With this money, the first $35,000 of every individual’s income and $70,000 of every married couple’s income will be tax free. This would put more money in the hands of everyone in the U.S.–an economic stimulus with a multiplier effect that would help put our economy back on track and America back to work. Additionally, it will lower the national debt by $16 billion.

And what would we have to give up in order to gain these benefits? When you consider that the U.S. spends almost as much on “defense” as the rest of the world combined, I think it is safe to say that we could afford to give up the extra war spending; don’t you?

Every time someone brings up any program that needs funded by Congress (education, jobs, health care) they say that there just isn’t any more money for these “nonessential programs.” Passing this bill would show that the U.S. government finally realizes that JOBS ARE ESSENTIAL and war is the real nonessential. Admittedly, the bill will probably not pass, but even if it doesn’t, it changes the conversation in Congress.

Check out Rep. Grayson’s inspiring speech here.

Let’s hope this really is “an idea whose time has come!”

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Don’t forget to check out FCNL’s Our Nation’s Checkbook campaign which is working across the country to shift spending priorities towards meeting the needs of people in the U.S.

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  1. May 24, 2010 10:22 pm

    Cost of War will reach 1 trillion by the end of this week. The New World Order is working, just the way the powers to be wanted it to be. How do We as a Nation stop their madness? Liars can figure but figures don’t. Here the costs: http://www.costofwar.com/ LOVE & PEACE Tim Nolan

    • mary jane mcconnell permalink
      May 25, 2010 2:08 am

      Yes Tim Nolan and all the members of this team effort. It is time to end our spending on what could be a “useless struggle”. We will never get rid of the enemy-we are only fighting to “ward off the enemy”? We need to end it now-Iraq will struggle long after we are gone but we need to stop taking responsibility for their actions! Mary Jane

  2. paul h taylor permalink
    May 25, 2010 6:29 pm

    of course, war makes you poor. the only ones who benefit are the armaments industrials and their stockholders in government.

  3. paul h taylor permalink
    May 25, 2010 6:31 pm

    eisenhower said it best:

    Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed

    • Ina Ayliffe permalink
      May 26, 2010 4:51 am

      That really is the obscenity of war, spending billions on killing young people, while our social needs are unmet. Are we really going to stand quietly while they lay off teachers, close parks and libraries, while requesting more billions for war?

  4. Gail Amara permalink
    May 25, 2010 6:45 pm

    War is making the citizens of the US poor, but not US corporate manufacturers of war materiel and weapons. When the media talk about spending on war, they make it seem as though that money has left our country; instead it has left our treasury to be poured into the pockets of the corporatocracy which seems to have more and more control over our government. What interest have they if children live well or are educated? Better to keep them poor so they will feel they have no choice but to “volunteer” as cannon fodder.

  5. May 25, 2010 7:41 pm

    War is created BY the Elite War Profiteers which is the foundation of the Military Industrial Complex. What IS the Military Industrial Complex? The Military Industrial Complex is a Large Group of Corporations, Banking Institutions and Multinational Corporations that are ultimately owned either by singular, Super Wealthy Families, or groups of Investors within the Stock Market Casino Gambling Infrastructure. This large group of co-operating Multinational Corporations most of whom are members of the Bilderberg Group, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Round Table, the Black Nobility, and control through agreed upon co-operation within the United Nations and NATO living off of the backs of the taxpayers of each co-operating member nation.

    This tax system IS illegal. The working poor and the middle class should not have to bear the burden of supporting these criminal corporations any longer! In the United States, understanding the Internal Revenue (Service?) and its fundamental function in support of and completely invented by the Elite for their sole benefit, it has become and is becoming more widely understood that there is NO Labor Tax! Under I.R.S. code #26 there is no law stating that a citizen of the United States is responsible to pay an unaportioned tax on their labor. This is a FACT! Therefore it is the LAW by the very fact that it does NOT exist! So…why ARE we paying these HUGE taxes on our labor to support these very wealthy families who bleed us dry so they can live in absolute luxury?

    You know, all the same fascist politics of the 1930’s is repeating itself right here in the United States, right now. Tancredo is an ***hole! He is just another member of the Fascist Bush Team. Please folks, remember that George W. Bush’s grandfather, Prescott Bush was one of many American Bankers who financed Adolf Hitler, Mussolini and even Stalin. Don’t believe me? Do the research!

    Chapter 5 United Fronts: By British Author, David Icke:

    The events of history are the result of the struggle between two states of mind: one which wishes to imprison and the other which desires to set free. The Prison Warders, via the Global Elite, have been doing everything possible to close our minds and to devide us so that we do not work together as One. As I describe the quickening pace of the global manipulation after the First World War, this reflects the pressure coming from the Prison Warder consciousness for a speeding up of the work towards centralised control of the human mind before the challenge to this planetary occupation reaches its peak, in the latter years of this decade and into the next millenium. This speeding up of the centralised control is yet again a reflection of the collective human mind. It has become a downward spiral. As we have given our minds away and taken on thought patterns from others about our lack of self-worth and potential to control our own lives, we have created that physical reality. But instead of learning the lesson on the light of events this has caused, such as wars, we have allowed those events to further demoralise us, frighten us, and fill us with guilt and despair. This has further diminished our self-worth, thus increasing our self-loathing and our desperation to look to others for the answers to the gathering gloom. The collective mind has then manifested that negative sense of reality in an escalation to even more centralised power and control which, at a subconscious level, the human mind is demanding out of its fear and self-loathing. The Prison Warders have taken advantage of this and fueled the fires of the collective mindset. But they can’t create the reality; only we can. And we can only do that by the way we think about ourselves and the way we allow ourselves to absorb the thought patterns of others, including the Prison Warders and the Global Elite, who are working to erode our sense of self-love and self-worth. With every year of the twenty first century, the quickening pace of the New World Order agenda can be identified. A network of organisations developed rapidly after the Versailles Peace Conference of 1919, and today this network is the most influential of all the Global Elite structures in controlling world events. The organisations within this network are presented as harmless ‘ think tanks’ and forums, but they are, in truth, part of a global web of deception and manipulation. They were introduced to infiltrate all areas of politics, banking, business, the media, education, science, and the military. Their role is to recruit members who support the New World Order philosophy and ensure that they are appointed to positions of power and influence in all these areas of national and international life. They are organisations within organisations, eating away at the established structure and directing the world along the road to a global tyranny. All are offshoots of the original Round Table which began to give birth to this network after Versailles, with the creation of the Institute of International Affairs, based at Chatham House in London. It became the ‘Royal’ Institute when the sitting monarch became its official head in 1926. It was founded by members of the British and American delegations at Versailles when they gathered at the Hotel Majestic in Paris on May 30th 1919. The two groups were composed of members of Lord Milner’s Round Table from Britain and Colonel House’s ‘Inquiry’ group from the United States. Quite simply, they were dedicated to the creation of the New World Order. The Round Table had close links with the Rosthchild, Morgan, Rockefeller, and Carnegie Empires, and these connections were extended to the Royal Institute of International Affairs (RIIA). In Britain, the Astors, including Major John (Jacob) Astor (Committee of 300), a director of Hambros Bank and owner of The Times newspaper (after 1922) were operating at the heart of both the Round Table and the Institute, and many of the former associates of Cecil Rhodes were involved. Sir Abe Bailey, the owner of Transvaal Mines, who worked with Lord Milner to start the Boer War, was among the founders of the RIIA, as was John W. Wheeler-Bennett, who would become General Eisenhower’s political advisor in London in the crucial last two years of the Second World War as the nature of the post war world was being devoloped. Chatham House at 10 St James’s Square, London, is named after William Pitt, the Earl of Chatham, one of three British Prime Ministers and who have lived there. Goodness knows how many prime ministers and ministers have had their policies decided there, too. The institute of International Affairs immediately began to infiltrate the education system and expand its influence across the world. In Britain it has had a considerable sway at Oxford and other universities and within the London School of Economics. Funding this infiltration and the publications and propaganda was ne’er a problem. Whenever money is required, some part of the Brotherhood network will provide it. By 1926, the money was flowing in for books and other work from the Carnegie United Kingdom Trustees, the Bank of England, and J.D. Rockefeller. The Rothschilds were, and are, the power behind the scenes. Within seven years of its launch, the funding of the Institute by the major banks and multinationals was already established; this continues today with global companies making donations to the cause. In 1926, funding came from, among many others: The Bank of England; Barclays Bank; Lloyds, and Lloyds Bank; Westminster Bank; Midland Bank; Hambros Bank; Rothschilds and Sons; Ford Motor Company; Anglo-Iranian Oil (now BP); Baring Brothers; Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI); The British South Africa Company; the Mercantile and General Insurance Company; Erlangers Ltd; Lever Brothers; Stern Brothers; Vickers-Armstrong; Central Mining and industrial Investment Ltd; British American Tobacco Company; Whitehall Securities Corporation; and Reuters, the newsagency which supplies news to newspapers and the broadcast media across the world. In the years that followed, Institute branches were established in Australia, Canada, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Trinidad and Tobago, and India, where it is known as the Council of World Affairs. By far the most important of the Institute’s creations, however, was the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in the United States, which was to penetrate all areas of American life. This was formed in 1921 at the Harold Pratt House at 58 East 68th Street in New York, the former mansion of the Pratt family, close friends of the Rockefellers. Soon afterwards, the day-to-day administration was taken over by Colonel House and his associates, including the Rockefellers and, particularly, J.P. Morgan. The CFR’s founding president was John W. Davis, J.P. Morgan’s personal attorney; the founding vice-president was Paul Gravath, form a law firm representing Morgan; and the council’s first chairman was the Morgan partner, Russell Leffingwell. Another ‘independant’ organisation, I see. The Council on Foriegn Relations and the Royal Institute of International Affairs are the same organisation, working on different sides of the Atlantic to carry out the same goals and agenda. Their members are in leading positions in government, including the Presidency, banking, business, education, military, and the media. The power of the Council on Foreign Relations grew rapidly, and today it controls the administration of the United States, especially its foreign policy. Its goal is to introduce world government and it has spanned the United States with support groups. Each of these front organisations, like the CFR, has a similar structure based on the Round Table. There are circles of members answering to a central elite. The inner circle knows the agenda and works full time towards that target. The next circle knows all or most of the agenda and seek to use their own sphere of influence, politics, banking, the media, whatever to lead the world in the desired direction. Other circles of people know some or a little of the real story and are persuaded to support the organisation by accepting the idea that a world government is the only answer to the ills of humanity. What this latter group doesn’t realise is that those ills are being created by the very organisations they are members of! Many people named in this book will not be involved through malice, but by genuinely believing that the New World Order agenda is the best option for peace and stability. A few members of these Elite front-groups have had the courage to speak out when they have seen the game plan. Admiral Chester Ward, a former US Judge Advocate General of the Navy, was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations for sixteen years. He said the purpose of the organisation was to “…submergence of US sovereignty and national independence into an all-powerful one-world government”. In his book, “Kissinger On The Couch”, written with Phyllis Schafly, Ward said: “…[the] lust to surrender the sovereignty and independence of the United States is pervasive throughout most of the membership. And particularly in the leadership of several divergent cliques that make up what is actually a polycentric oraganisation… [the main clique] is composed of the one-world-global-government ideologists – more respectfully referred to as the organised internationalists. They are the ones who carry on the tradition of the founders.”

  6. R.Jennings permalink
    May 26, 2010 3:45 pm

    Dear Friends: Let us not forget that as schools are laying off teachers, hospitals are turning away non-emergency ill, our roads and bridges are crumbling and soldiers in harm’s way are without needed equipment there are many people who are getting wealthier from the business of war-mongering. Ike warned the nation of the perils of letting a so called elite group make decisions that would be detrimental to our health, however, our elected shirked their duties and fell into the hands of the missile-makers. One program, of many, is the wasteful spending of tax dollars on aircraft carriers to the costs of trillions of dollars and for what? Well, again, some will be poor as a result but many will be rich. What a country! In today’s New York times, there is a picture of people in Pakistan holding up signs that read: “I hate America”. This is a country we send billions of dollars in aid to . . .

  7. Katie Kent permalink
    May 27, 2010 7:45 pm

    “WAR IS MAKING YOU POOR” says a headline in a recent e-newsletter from FCNL, and I had to chuckle because WAR is making ME poor! I chuckled when I read that, because it is the truth… war is making me, personally, poor.

    And so, here is my story…. When I was a young woman during the Viet Nam war, I witheld the portion (back then I think it was 39-42 percent) of my federal taxes with a note to the IRS, that my check was exactly less than the percentage that my country spent for war. Never got a reply, not even an audit, nor a demand for the balance.

    Since the Gulf war days, I have deliberately kept my income below the federal poverty level, as a not so risk-y way to avoid paying war taxes. And, and since 2003 I have kept my income below the ridiculous level which one does not even need to file federal taxes, as my silent (and, of course, safe) witness.

    Because of my conviction, I have lost my home, and most recently my rented rooms, and now I am horribly housed in a temporary homeless shelter, because of the high cost of housing in a private home, and the years long waiting list for assisted housing.

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