The War Budget

April 1, 2003

Within days after launching war against Iraq, the Bush administration asked Congress for $75 billion to pay for 6 months of war.

Many government officials admit that this $75 billion is only the tip of the iceberg, a "small downpayment" on the total cost of the war.

And the bill for the war against Iraq comes on top of the Pentagon's annual budget of nearly $400 billion.

This militarization is bankrupting our country. While the working people are taxed to pay for the rich men's wars, the government keeps slashing needed investments in education, health care, income-support programs and other vital social services.

Stopping the war and ending the militarization of the economy can be a new starting point for reorienting economic policy so that the well-being of the people comes first, not the wars and profits of the capitalists.