What would it cost to restore the world environment and meet social goals. And guess who has the money?

Lester Brown of the Earth Policy Institute (www.earth-policy.org) put together the following very revealing cost comparisons, as part of his Plan B, budget. Published in the excellent quarterly journal Pop!ulation Press (www.populationpress.org).

Additional annual expenditures needed to meet social goals and restore the Earth.

PLAN B BUDGET: Additional Annual Expenditures Needed to Meet Social Goals and Restore the Earth

Basic Social Goals
Goal Funding (billion dollars)
Universal primary education
10
Eradication of adult illiteracy
4
School lunch programs
3
Aid to women, infants
4
Reproductive health & family planning
21
Universal basic health care
33
TOTAL
75
Earth Restoration Goals
Goal Funding (billion dollars)
Planting trees
23
Protecting topsoil on cropland
24
Restoring rangelands
9
Restoring fisheries
13
Stabilizing water tables
10
Protecting biological diversity
31
TOTAL
110
GRAND TOTAL
185
U.S. Military Budget
661
Plan B budget as share of this
28%
World Military Budget
1,522
Plan B budget as share of this
12%

A progressive and obvious alternative to domestic budget cuts

Here is the information and analysis and links from the excellent newsletter of the Just Foreign Policy people (www.justforeignpolicy.org)

To hear the mainstream media tell it, America confronts a choice: Republican plans for cutting domestic spending or President Obama’s plans for cutting domestic spending. That’s what they want us to think.

You’d never know from the mainstream media that 80 Members of Congress have put forward an alternative to cuts in spending on domestic needs: the People’s Budget, advanced by the Congressional Progressive Caucus. The People’s Budget would cut military spending and end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Here is the link for the People’s Budget:
 http://cpc.grijalva.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=70&sectiontree=5,70

Here is a piece by Colombia University economist Jeffrey Sachs about the People’s Budget: 
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeffrey-sachs/the-peoples-budget_b_846573.html

And here is a piece by JFP’s Robert Naiman on why Jeffrey Sachs’ endorsement of the People’s Budget is so important and has such potential to influence the budget debate. Embedded in the article is a video interview with Jeffrey Sachs on Democracy Now:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/can-jeff-sachs-get-us-out_b_847995.html