Activists : Cost of war hurting domestic needs

08/21/07 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)

"A new study by Columbia University economist Joseph E. Stiglitz, who won the Nobel Prize in economics in 2001, and Harvard lecturer Linda Bilmes concludes that the total costs of the Iraq war could top the $2 trillion mark," according to the Christain Science Monitor.

"Reuters reports this total, which is far above the U.S. administration's prewar projections, takes into account the long-term healthcare costs for the 16,000 U.S. soldiers injured in Iraq so far."

The cost of the Iraq war has alarmed people who are concerned that we are not spending enough on domestic needs: health care, affordable housing, job training, infrastructure, etc.

Our three guests want to redirect money spent in Iraq back to the U.S. where they say the security of American families is at stake.

Our guests:

Rev. Bruce Wright, pastor director of Refuge Ministries. He holds a doctorate in Ministry and a master's in Pastoral Psychology. He has been an activist for 20 years and pastor-director of Refuge Ministries for 15 years.

William McNary, president of U.S. Action. He serves as the President of USAction, the nation’s largest coalition of progressive grassroots organizations working together to win social, racial, economic, and environmental justice.

Michael Fox, Moveon.org. He is an adjunct college instructor and activist. Fox is regional coordinator for Move On's Operation Democracy, covering the greater Tampa Bay-Sarasota area. He is also chair of Progressive Democrats Of America Pinellas County Chapter, a Pinellas Democratic Executive Committee Board Member, and an associate member of Veterans For Peace, Chapter 119. Fox was the state organizer for the 51 Capital March demanding a full counting of the vote in 2004, camped with Cindy Sheehan in Crawford, and has marched in Washington.

He will be the director of membership for the new progressive caucus within the Florida Democratic Party, and he's also an active volunteer with the homeless of Pinellas County, focusing currently on survivors of the Tent City slashings in St. Pete. In a previous life he wrote, directed, and produced micro-budget genre movies that received international distribution.

Fox can be reached at (727) 320-4502 or tampabaydemocracy@yahoo.com.

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