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On Tax Day, Brave New Foundation, With Congress Members Alan Grayson, Raúl Grijalva, and Barbara Lee, Remind U.S.: 'War in Afghanistan Is Costing Tax Payer Jobs'

Representatives Grayson, Grijalva, and Lee Partner with Brave New Foundation to Highlight the approximately $300 Billion* Taxpayer Cost of Afghanistan War

WASHINGTON - On Tax Day, Members of
Congress Alan Grayson, Raúl Grijalva, and Barbara Lee will
partner with Brave New Foundation to release an online short that
reminds tax payers to take stock of how the war in Afghanistan is
affecting the economy and job recovery in the United States today. 
During the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression,
approximately $300 billion in tax dollars has been spent on the war in
Afghanistan, a war that is not making us safer, that could have been
spent alleviating the high unemployment at home.

To view the War is Not
Free short, please click:

The War is Not Free
piece asks Americans to submit stories on how the economic downturn has
affected their personal lives. One of the submitted stories will be
selected, recorded on video, and shared with Brave New Foundation's one
million followers.

of tax payer dollars that could that could be used to keep teachers in
schools and pay for health care are being spent on a war that is not
making us any safer. Billions of dollars are being spent on war during
the worst economic downturn in recent American history."
Robert Greenwald, Director, Brave
New Foundation

of people are being taxed simply to pay for the war."
Representative Alan Grayson, Florida's 8th
Congressional District

1/3 of every tax dollar paid by the American people in 2009 went to the
Pentagon and military-related expenditures," said Congresswoman Barbara
Lee. "We cannot begin to reduce the budget deficit without reducing our
military spending. It is time we get our priorities in order and start
investing in the American people."
Barbara Lee, California's 9th Congressional District

"Stability in Afghanistan will come through education, local
development and rights for minorities and women. Continuing to fund our
oversized military presence when the people of this country look for
jobs and try to save money is unreasonable and pointless. We have to
stop wasting lives, time and taxpayer dollars on a mission that isn't
making us any safer."
Representative Raúl
Grijalva, Arizona's 7th Congressional District

The National Priorities
Project has compiled an analysis of the costs of the Afghanistan war on
the state and city level. Below are some of the figures that highlight
the amount spent on the war in Afghanistan from various cities across
the nation:

-          $298.3 Million in Tax Dollars from
Tucson, Arizona, enough to provide 5,670 jobs in the health care

-          $376.7 Million in Tax Dollars from
Oakland, California, the equivalent of 5,411 elementary school teachers

-          $476.5 Million in Tax Dollars from
Orlando, Florida, which would be able to create 8,148 jobs in clean


*National Priorities
Project - Cost of War


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