Military cuts offer moral opportunity

“Where your treasure is so is your heart.”

When a household donates money to help others, that is a moral decision. When a household makes a decision to live an extravagant lifestyle and not give back to the community, that is also a moral (immoral?) decision.

Likewise, the federal budget is a moral issue. In the current federal discretionary budget the military accounts for over 50 percent of all discretionary spending. During the past 10 years, domestic spending has been cut and human services reduced, while military spending has continued to increase unabated at an average annual rate of nine percent. This is a moral issue.

The likelihood of sequestration of budgeted discretionary spending (the spending over which Congress has control) has raised the possibility of the military budget being reduced by 10.4 percent. While the media and politicians are expressing dismay at the possibility of a reduction in the military budget, many people of conscience see this as a positive opportunity to critique spending from a moral perspective. One that emphasizes peace-making, compassion and justice. The sequester of discretionary spending outlays raises the issue of what has the increase in Pentagon spending in time of economic recession meant from a perspective of compassion, justice and peace? Are human and social needs being sacrificed for wars and preparation for wars? Are our most vulnerable citizens considered expendable?

“Where your treasure is so is your heart.”

Dick Hall


More in Opinion

Editorial cartoons for Friday, Nov. 24

A sketchy look at the day in politics.… Continue reading

Keillor: Don’t count calories today; count your blessings

Load up your plate with gratitude for the gifts of Providence, from profiteroles to procrastination.

Commentary: Test your knowledge of Thanksgiving

Don’t try talking turkey until your know the facts.

Dionne: Warts and all, reason to be thankful for journalism

How one editor, a World War II vet, encouraged what reporters still strive for in each day’s work.

Milbank: Since you asked, Sarah, this is what I’m thankful for

For starters: I’m thankful for the Founders’ checks and balances that stand between us and despotism.

Having gratitude for others enhances our lives

I am thankful for gratitude because it makes me focus on the… Continue reading

Thankful for care provided by Providence Breast Center

It is always important to take time to count one’s blessings. I… Continue reading

Providence guild’s volunteers make a difference

As we celebrate Thanksgiving and enter this joyful holiday season, I appreciate… Continue reading

Most Read