Fighting for a U.S. federal budget that prioritizes peace, economic security and shared prosperity
Social insurance and earned benefit programs will touch nearly all Americans during their lifetimes, as most people draw Social Security when they retire or rely on government funded medical care in old age. In 2015, the U.S. will spend $900.5 billion on Social Security alone.
Possibly the single worst thing about it is the cynical way that its supporters want to use it to create an excuse to gut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
It's easy to see what comes next: claiming pressure from the deepening debt that they themselves created, members of Congress will want massive cuts to programs that help the poor and middle class.
To support this modern-day Poor People’s Campaign, the Institute for Policy Studies has produced an analysis of the campaign’s four core issues: racism, poverty, the war economy/militarism, and ecological destruction.
U.S. military spending, with its major focus on exerting U.S. influence and dominance overseas, has an analog here at home: spending on policing, incarceration, and immigration enforcement.