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Tax Day, by
Voices for Peace
La Crosse post office, April 15 1999
Since our last vigil on Monday, Clinton was to go to Congress to ask for 300 more planes and lots more money to continue financing our current wars. They estimated the request would be in the range of $2-3 billion.
Since our last vigil on Monday, who knows how many
YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK:
International passenger train #393, travelling from
Belgrade to Tessaloniki, Greece, bombed by
NATO warplanes, Apr 12 1999 -photo by TV Leskovac
depleted-uranium-coated bombs we have dropped on Yugoslavia, sowing the seeds of cancer there as we have been doing in Iraq since 1991.
Since our last vigil on Monday, who knows how many Iraqi children have died because of our economic stranglehold on them – 700 perhaps?
Contact your legislators and tell them
“The Cold War military budget that was ideology-driven is now danger-driven;
an unstable world requiring a Pentagon with a two-war capability.
That’s the peace dividend: the peace of being secure with a $270
billion military budget, about $1.5 million a minute.”
-Colman McCarthy, 1994
“The taxing authority of the U.S. government mandates the collection of taxes to maintain the institution of war. The IRS inflicts an intense moral dilemma on me and many other people. Our sense of moral responsibility forbids us not only to kill people, but also to pay for the killing of people.
What are we to do caught between what the state, on the one hand, says
we must do and what God and our conscience, on the other, say we must do?…I
write on behalf of myself and all people in the U.S. who are oppressed
by the government’s legalization of homicide in warfare and forced collection
of taxes to fund the same.”
-John Stoner, New Call to Peacemaking