Congress now has an opportunity to pass a budget that reflects the moral priorities of our nation. Although the U.S. military engagement in Afghanistan is winding down, our country is still spending almost as much on war as we spent at the height of the Cold War or Vietnam.
The wars we are fighting and preparing for do not make us more secure and steal valuable resources from investments we need to make in green infrastructure, education and health care. I would urge everyone to look at the work of the newly established Futures Commission in our state, which hopes to move Connecticut from war dependency to other forms of job creation.
I hope Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy will work to support further cuts in the Pentagon budget so we can better support investments to meet the needs of our struggling communities at home.
Joseph Wasserman, West Hartford