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Ben & Jerry's Thoughts on...

...Federal Spending and American Pie

America stands first in nuclear defense capabilities and first in nuclear defense expenditures among industrialized countries. And it's not even close!

But America ranks only...
14th in efforts to lift children out of poverty;
18th in the percentage of children in poverty;
And last (yes, last!) in providing health insurance for all children.

It might make you wonder if something is out-of-whack with the U.S. federal discretionary spending pie. Perhaps some slices are too big, while others are too small?

Well, here are a few facts: The United States spends nearly $30 billion annually on nuclear deterrence, including strategic and tactical nuclear weapons and missile defense systems. That's about the same amount we spent, on average, during the Cold War that ended sixteen years ago.

Our nuclear stockpile today includes nearly 10,000 warheads. Their destructive force would stack up against 150,000 Hiroshima-sized bombs.

Meanwhile, according to the experts, as much as $13 billion could be cut from U.S. nuclear spending without compromising our national security or our standing as the world's strongest nuclear power.

We think those funds would be better invested in programs that benefit America's children.

Just $1 billion would be enough to fully immunize every two-year old who has not already been vaccinated against preventable childhood disease.
$2 billion could provide health insurance for 1 million of America's 9 million uninsured children.
$5 billion would allow us to cover Head Start for every eligible child not currently enrolled in the program.

It's as easy as pie to visualize the possibilities...

We believe there's ample opportunity in the Federal budget to do what's right for America's kids.

Don't you?

Tell Congress to...
  • Step up and deliver a budget that supports our children as well as our national defense.
  • Re-order Federal spending priorities to ensure that America's children get a bigger slice of the pie.

Speak your piece. Take action at the Children's Defense Fund

Thanks to our friends at the Children's Defense Fund, the Center for Defense Information, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the National Priorities Project for helping us gather the information used in this position paper.

The American Pie Game
Test your knowledge - How does America stack up when it comes to meeting the basic needs of our children?
Allocate the Federal Budget
Here's your chance to allocate the discretionary budget. What are your priorities? How would the pie look if you could choose how to slice it?
Ben's BB Demonstration
See Ben's demonstration on America's nuclear stockpile. It's just Ben, 10,000 BB's, and some startling facts about nuclear proliferation.
Moment's in America
Do you know how many babies in America are born without health insurance?
Take Action with the Children's Defense Fund
Urge Congress to redirect spending priorities to invest more in America's children. Tell them America's children deserve a bigger slice of the pie.
American Pie Ice Cream

Thanks to our friends at the Children's Defense Fund, the Center for Defense Information, the Natural Resources Defense Council, TrueMajority and the National Priorities Project for helping us gather the information used on these pages.


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