Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Taxes for Killing

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Taxes for Killing

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Pay your taxes and kill people! Bomb Syria! What does that achieve?

The U.S. killed hundreds of innocent civilians in Mosul ("U.S. Coalition Counts 229 Civilian Deaths Before Mosul Strike," April 2). We are fighting wars in Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria and have 800 bases in 70 countries, destroying societies and creating refugees. President Donald Trump, in his bully's budget, proposes to add another $54 billion to the already bloated military budget of $600 billion, cutting funding for diplomacy and human needs.

We spend more on defense than the next seven countries combined. Surrounded by oceans, peaceful Canada and Mexico, the U.S. has battleships in the South China Sea and in the Persian Gulf near Iran. We conduct military exercises in Poland near the Russian border and in South Korea. …

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