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Breaking America's Addiction to War & Debt: Out with the Enablers!

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Imagine if in 2010 we did not spend one more borrowed penny to manufacture new weapons, occupy new lands, or recruit new mercenaries. Going cold turkey on military spending would wipe out nearly $1 trillion of our 1.6 trillion dollar deficit. A year and a half of war & weapons abstinence could erase our debt entirely.

Unfortunately, America is addicted to war and to debt.
Fortunately, we can work together to kick the perpetual war and debt habit.


Veteran, Anti-War Activist, and Born on the Forth of July author Ron Kovic praising Marcy Winograd at Redondo Beach Winograd for Congress fundraiser.
Sunday, February 7, 2010.

The proposed new $1-trillion dollar military budget includes $800-billion for the Pentagon, a 30-billion supplemental to escalate the war in Afghanistan, plus funds to maintain secret black hole prisons; military aid to foreign nations, and money for mercenaries. Requests to approve this unprecedented military budget comes at a time when General Stanley McChrystal is apologizing for Sunday's NATO air strike in Afghanistan that killed over two dozen civilians, women and children among the casualties.

The proposed new $1-trillion dollar military budget includes $800-billion for the Pentagon, a 30-billion supplemental to escalate the war in Afghanistan, plus funds to maintain secret black hole prisons; military aid to foreign nations, and money for mercenaries.

To sell the American public on perpetual war, subsidized by the country we vaporized at the end of WWII, the Pentagon is rebranding the Iraq war and occupation, changing the name of Operation Iraqi Freedom to Operation New Dawn.

Dawn connotes daybreak, a new beginning rays rising from the ocean; gold ripples lapping our shores; poetry.

Sounds better than permanent bases, oil grabs, and soldier suicides.

To pay for all of this, including the marketing campaign, our nation must increasingly borrow from Japan as China recently dumped U.S. treasuries, leaving Japan to surge ahead as the largest foreign holder of US Treasury bonds.

And deeper into debt we sink, while Republicans clamor for slashing the deficit, calling for all- too-powerful commissions on fiscal responsibility to "study" Social Security all the while forgetting to mention we have over two trillion dollars in the Social Security Trust Fund and that it's perpetual war, not Social Security, that drives our deficit.

If only the world had a 12-step program for war addicts.


Seriously, It's time to break the addiction -- and to vote the enablers out.

My opponent Jane Harman relies on military contractors to keep herself in office. Military contractors rely on my opponent to keep us at war.

Already, my opponent has taken almost $60,000 in campaign contributions (2009/2010) from military contractors. Certainly, these contributions compromise my opponent's decisions with respect to war.

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Marcy Winograd is founder of Progressive Democrats of Los Angeles. She's a teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District and the 2010 candidate for the United States Congress in California's 36th Congressional District

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"Frankly, I don't know what it is about California... by Larry Tierney on Monday, Feb 22, 2010 at 4:34:32 PM
Marcy Winograd is running an exciting campaign as ... by Caitlin Frazier on Monday, Feb 22, 2010 at 5:44:36 PM
Loretta Sanchez, you're next if you don't quit the... by daveys on Monday, Feb 22, 2010 at 5:58:21 PM
At last someone says in public, running for Congre... by Mimi Kennedy on Monday, Feb 22, 2010 at 6:02:23 PM
Republicans have a way of not considering that all... by Nick van Nes on Monday, Feb 22, 2010 at 6:18:21 PM
All campaign $ corrupt. The correct approach is to... by Richard Pietrasz on Monday, Feb 22, 2010 at 6:48:06 PM
My dear Marcy, I haven't heard that litany since... by Gary Richardson on Monday, Feb 22, 2010 at 6:54:19 PM
be a wonderful place to start. I appreciate the su... by Daniel Geery on Monday, Feb 22, 2010 at 7:21:37 PM
The Jewish Journal has graciously offered to host ... by Linda Milazzo on Monday, Feb 22, 2010 at 7:35:55 PM
Is that Jane Harman's crime? She hasn't submitted ... by Gary Richardson on Monday, Feb 22, 2010 at 8:01:03 PM
Ms. Harman can submit to this site. I'm certain if... by Linda Milazzo on Monday, Feb 22, 2010 at 8:44:41 PM
Isn't that what censorship is all about- always ge... by James Madison on Monday, Feb 22, 2010 at 9:04:46 PM
You are a troll logging on from different IP addre... by Rob Kall on Monday, Feb 22, 2010 at 9:30:04 PM
Rob,While I as a conservative disagree with you on... by Recce1 on Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010 at 1:05:13 PM
I might not agree withRob on issues (I'm a consert... by Jim Bednarek on Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 at 1:10:08 PM
I know her work and have often heard her speak in ... by Jennifer Epps on Monday, Feb 22, 2010 at 11:20:32 PM
Progressives need to knock off as many Blue Dogs a... by Bryan Emmel on Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 at 12:22:56 AM
The governments have now been so enriched that the... by Keith Pope on Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 at 6:11:12 AM
I happen to agree that the system is totally fucke... by Nick van Nes on Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 at 9:43:28 AM
Anyone 'dreaming' of the means to ends, to take on... by R. A. Landbeck on Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 at 9:43:21 AM
We (the USA) believe that to protect our nation an... by Philip Pease on Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 at 9:44:55 AM
Another article on OEN recently said that we sell ... by Scott Baker on Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 at 1:57:45 PM
What about addiction to:- drugs, legal and illegal... by TomK on Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 at 4:16:48 PM
Wishwe had a Winograd here in Indiana, whereCorpor... by Philip Dennany on Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 at 5:17:11 PM
Marcy, you make me ashamed to be a Democrat. You a... by MBMike on Saturday, Feb 27, 2010 at 6:19:38 PM