So, on Dec. 13 a box arrived with ball cap. Opening up, the cap looked OK. (How much can you do to a ball cap?) I looked inside for the union label or "made in USA" tag, and what do I see? A tag that says "Made especially for the NRA, MADE IN VIETNAM!"
The more I looked at this, the more steamed I got. This is a direct support for a communist country, which is an insult to every American life lost there, every family that had a member there. I proceeded to tell the NRA this, and that I had serious difficulties supporting them in the future. They are talking a good game (which I support), but they are not walking the walk!
Pentagon must share cuts
West Virginia Quakers met with staffs of each West Virginia senators and representatives on Nov. 16 to urge an equitable distribution of funds in the expected federal budget realignment. In light of the coming fiscal crisis and our nation's escalating debt, the Pentagon should not be immune from cuts while programs for teaching, nutrition, job retraining, child welfare and repair of our infrastructure are targeted. The U.S. government must invest more in peaceful prevention of deadly conflict by tackling the root causes of conflict and violence and less in military intervention.
The Pentagon budget needs to be cut. Our military budget has doubled in the last 10 years -- not counting operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. As of 2010, the U.S. military budget accounts for nearly 48 percent of global military spending, more than the next 17 countries combined. Pentagon contracts have a history of cost overruns, contractor abuse, quality failure and redundancy. In one year, the Pentagon loses, wastes or misspends over $100 billion.
Charleston Friends Meeting (Quakers) asks concerned citizens to write their senators and representatives to support meaningful cuts in Pentagon spending. Our web page (charlestonwv.quaker.org) has a section with materials from the Friends Committee on National Legislation for those wanting more information.