Spend tax dollars on improvements, not waste and fraud

April 16, 2014 

I’m unhappy to learn that 40 cents of every one of my 2013 federal tax dollars went to fund current and past wars, according to the Quaker advocacy group the Friends Committee on National Legislation.

We have some critical needs as a country -- how to respond to the effects of climate change, how to repair our crumbling bridges and roadways, how to bridge the growing divide between rich and poor. I want to see more of my tax dollars going to these priorities rather than to the Pentagon.

I hope that my senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray, will work to make this happen in the coming year. They can start by eliminating the more than $100 billion of documented waste, fraud and abuse found in the Pentagon’s budget every year.

We might disagree about the need to invest in the tools for war, but surely we can agree on the need to spend our tax dollars responsibly.

JAN ELLIS

Gig Harbor

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