SHE SAID IT
"Our hope is vigorous and active and it is sustained by the outrageous courage of our sisters/foresisters who are ever more intensely present to us, beckoning and daring us to move further." - Mary Daly

June 1999
Vol. 1 - #4


Said It: Feminist News, Culture & Politics  

in this issue:

Unromanticizing Fatherhood

Who's Looking Out for Moms?

Resisting Without Violence


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On One Hand,

Taxpayers of NATO countries are spending an estimated $65 million every day in the war against Yugoslavia.

US House and Senate recently agreed to spend nearly $12 billion on the war against Yugoslavia, almost double the amount President Clinton had sought. This is over and above the $112 billion military spending increase Clinton requested earlier this year. This is over and above the approximately $500 billion, or half a trillion, that the US spends on current and past wars every year.

Every cruise missile fired costs $1 million. NATO dropped at least 120 cruise missiles in the first week of bombing alone.

The US bought 21 B-2 bombers, which are being used in the war against Yugoslavia, at the price of $2 billion each.

The US now spends $120 million per F-22 fighter pane, when its F-15 fighters, bought at $45 million each, are already far superior technologically than any aircraft flown by any potential adversary.

The General Accounting Office has found the Department of Defense cannot find over $250 billion worth of inventory.

The US is spending $25-$35 billion per year maintaining 6,000 nuclear weapons on hair-trigger alert.

 

On the Other Hand,

In the US, an estimated 21,000 children have stunted growth, and 120,000 suffer from anemia because their families must choose between food and rent.

The American Journal of Public Health reported that in 1998, 10 million Americans--including 4 million children--do not have enough to eat.

According to a recent study of families served by 60 relief agencies, 36 percent of children in families who lost TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) due to welfare reform are skipping meals due to cost.

A study in Wisconsin found that 65 percent of W2 participants skip meals in order to feed their children.

The net worth of the poorest fifth of households averaged less than $5,600 in 1997. Nationwide, 74 percent of all new jobs pay below a liveable wage.

Hundreds of thousands of low-income people have lost health insurance after the 1996 welfare reform law.

US income distribution in the US is among the most unequal within the industrialized world.



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