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Time to reshape our country’s spending priorities

I was surprised to learn from the Friends Committee on National Legislation that 37 cents of every dollar we pay in federal income taxes goes to pay for current and past wars. At the same time, education, diplomacy, and help to the nearly 100 million people living in poverty in this country get only pennies on every dollar.

Right now, our members of Congress, Rep. Trent Franks and Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake are hearing from the Pentagon that cutting into their projected spending will be a catastrophe for national security.

With so much of our tax dollars already going to military projects, I think that it would be a catastrophe not to reshape our country’s budget to reflect our priorities as a nation. Congress has an opportunity — but will they take it?

Joseph Kiss, Peoria

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