This year, like every year, for over 30 years, "Citizens for Peace in Space" has held a tax day protest of spending on war.
The Federal Budget is Now a Military Budget with Accessories In the 34 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the U.S. military budget has grown to almost the percentage of total federal expenditures it reached at the height of the Cold War.
Yet when Donald Trump came into office, he claimed the military had been underfunded, and set out to increase core spending beyond $700 billion, out of a total of $1.3 trillion in annual federal spending.
In 2019, the baseline Pentagon budget will be $719 billion, not counting the ongoing operations budget of $66 billion for active wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, and The Philippines.
The foreign aid budget of the State Department is dominated by the large military packages to Israel and Egypt ($1.5 billion each), while the other nations of the world have seen peaceful aid drop by $10 billion.
In short, the entire federal budget is now a war-making budget with a few side dishes.
The federal budget never was supposed to be a one-way conduit to the Pentagon.
The nuclear weapons modernization program now is on track to spend more than $1.5 trillion over the next decade, even as federal funds for housing, education, food safety, and the environment are slashed.
It’s time to speak out with our tax dollars to say “No!” to endless war.
If you are angry about endless war and military spending but are not ready to resist paying any taxes, don’t be silent.
Here are some other options:
Send a letter of protest with your 1040 tax form. Enclose it along with (but do not staple it to) your form.
Send copies to your elected officials.
Write letters to the editor protesting taxes for war, especially when people are thinking about taxes during tax filing season between January and April.
Write a message of protest on the check you send with your tax forms.
Pay the tax with hundreds of small-denomination checks or coins.
Lobby for Peace Tax Fund legislation that would allow conscientious objectors to pay taxes to a fund that would not be used for military spending.
Leaflet and protest before and on tax day.
File “Part A” of the Peace Tax Return.