Orange County has pressing local needs including education, infrastructure, social services, health, and small business support - just to name a few. We continually are forced to wrangle over restricted budgets which pit important local needs against one another. Meanwhile about $2600 per county citizen leaves Orange County annually for the national military budget. That's a total of about $351million.
Our current annual county budget is about $178 million. Imagine what we could accomplish for the citizens of Orange County if just 10% of our military contribution was retained at home for local needs? Another $35 million annually would make a world of difference for us.
Make no mistake, U.S. military spending - the U.S. spends more money on its military than the rest of the world combined - is inarguably a local issue with huge local impacts.
Tonight at the Orange County Commissioners Meeting, I will be requesting that the Commissioners pass a resolution urging our Senators and Congressional Representatives to oppose any further Afghan War funding as well as look for ways to defund the war.
Please join me and others at the Southern Human Services Building at 7pm.