Budgets as Moral Documents: Nuclear Weapons and the Fate of Life as We Know It

2014-04-13 14:49:34
by Robert Dodge, Published on Friday, April 11, 2014 by Common Dreams On April 15th, Tax Day, our nation funds our national budget. On this day we fund the nation’s business and provide a proclamation to the world of the U.S. priorities for the next year. Ultimately budgets are moral documents and are supposed to represent the people’s priorities. So what are those priorities? Surveys show them to be education, economic security, environmental protection, healthcare, climate change, peace and security.  With so many challenges facing us as a nation and planet how will we provide for our future and spend our finite treasure?  It is critical that we spend wisely. We must ask, are there opportunities to reallocate funds to more pressing needs?
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Cost of Nuclear Weapons

2014-03-20 15:12:59

Each April, Dr. Bob Dodge, of Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions and Physicians for Social Responsibility, calculates the cost of nuclear weapons to our communities.


Total U.S. nuclear weapons expenditures of $57 billion


In 2013, the average cost of nuclear weapons development to every man, every woman, even every child in the United States, was $180.00.  This is based on a national average annual income of $28,051.00


If your income is different from this, you can calculate your income modifier by dividing your income by the national average. For example:  your income $ / $28,051.00 = your modifier.

Multiply this amount by $180.00 to get your tax contribution to nuclear weapons programs this year.

Your modifier x $180.00 = Your Nuclear Weapons Tax Contribution


In Ventura County, the average cost per person was even higher, because Ventura County per capita income, hence tax contribution, is higher than the national average.

The per capita income multiplier (pcim) for Ventura County is 1.17
(see source 1 below)

1.17 x $180.00 = $210.60 per person

The population of Ventura County is 835.981 (source 1)
To determine Ventura County’s Nuclear Weapons cost,  multiply $210.60 x 835,981 = $176,057,600.00
Ventura County’s Nuclear Weapons Programs Community Cost is $176,057,600.00

If you don’t live in Ventura County you can calculate the cost of nuclear arms to your community using the following formula:

$180.00 X pcim X your population = community cost

To determine pcim (per capita income multiplier) for your community refer to source 1 listed below: find per capita income for your county, divide by national per capita income.
i.e. average per capita income in your county ÷ national per capita average = pcim for your county

Population figures for your community can also be found in source 1

To see examples of this calculation for various communities, see http://www.c-p-r.net/cost-of-nuclear-weapons/

The national average nuclear cost per person of $180.00 was obtained by dividing total U.S. nuclear weapons expenditures of $57 billion (see sources 2, 3) by the total U.S. population of 316,128,839 (see source 1)

$57,000,000,000.00 ÷ 315,128,839 = $180.00


  1.     U.S. Census Bureau Quick Facts
  2.     U.S. ‘2013 Budget – working
  3.     Stephen Schwartz- Nuclear Security Spending: Assessing Costs, Examining     Priorities (2009). – Personal Communication
  4.     Congressional Budget Office (www.cbo.gov/site) – “Projected Costs of U.S. Nuclear Forces, 2014 to 2023” – Report Dec. 2013

additional sources:
U.S. Department of Defense
Center for Defense Information

Nuclear Weapons Costs Notes

This cost assessment is a best estimate of all costs related to the existence of nuclear weapons. This is complicated by the fact that there is no budget “line item” for nuclear weapons expenditures. Costs are spread between multiple programs and departments. The figure includes the costs of developing and maintaining nuclear weapons arsenals including their delivery systems and weapons modernization. In addition “other nuclear related costs” directly related to nuclear weapons and their existence include environmental cleanup efforts and health costs – so called “nuclear legacy programs”, arms control-related work, and a system of defenses against nuclear attack. The added costs of classified programs and non-budgeted new systems are not included in these calculations.

For further assistance please contact us at mail@c-p-r.net

Download Nuclear Weapons Cost Calculation 2014 (51).

Dowload  2013 Tax Year Nuclear Weapons Community Cost (49)

Ventura County Nuclear Weapons Tax Expenditure: $176,057,600.00

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April Meeting: Inequality for All

2014-03-19 14:37:33
"One of the best ways to help people understand the challenges we face, is with a movie that can grab an audience and move them to action. And this movie will do exactly that."                                          -- Robert Reich

 Sunday, April 6, 2014

3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

 E.P. Foster Library Topping Room

Screening of the film Inequality for All View and discuss this film of Robert Reich's analysis of the heart of our economic problems  -- and his recommendations for remedies.
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Got Solutions?

2014-03-11 14:20:28

Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions offers a challenge to middle school and high school students.Goodidea

“Got solutions ? – we’ve got the cash”

Challenge: Imagine you have $176 million dollars to spend on a solution to a local, regional, national or global issue that will create a better planet.

In 100 words or less, describe the issue you wish to address and how you would use these dollars to best accomplish your goal.
Eligible: Ventura County Middle and Senior High students.
Submission: email your response to mail@c-­p­-r.net by April 15.

A prize of $100 will be awarded to an entry randomly selected from qualifying entries.

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The Big Read

2014-03-11 13:42:32

March begins The Big Read. The Big Read is a cooperative effort of the City of Ventura Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Partnerships and the Ventura County Library.  It is designed to encourage the community to read, discuss and participate in activities inspired by this year’s featured book, The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien.  It is an opportunity for us to join the larger community in reflecting on war and peace.  The full list of events related to The Big Read can be found at http://www.cityofventura.net/bigread.


Big Read:  Discussions of The Things They Carried

Thursday, March 13, 5:30-6:30: “The Things They Carried” Discussion Group
Join the conversation at the Avenue Library, 606 N Ventura Ave

Wednesday, March 26, 6-7pm: Discussion Group at the Library
Join us for an evening for a discussion of the Big Read book, “The Things They Carried” E.P. Foster Library Topping Room, 651 E Main St

Monday, March 31, 6-7pm: Book Discussion “The Things They Carried”
Join us as we read and discuss a story from the book E.P. Foster Library Topping Room, 651 E Main St

Wednesday, April 2, 12:30-1:30pm: “Book Talk” at City Hall
Join us for a lunchtime discussion of “The Things They Carried” City Hall Atrium, 501 Poli St, Ventura

Tuesday, April 15, 10-11am: Book Discussion “The Things They Carried”
Join us to read a chapter of the book and discuss it together at the Ventura Library, 651 E.Main St

Monday, April 21, 10-11am: “Book Talk” at the Ventura Avenue Center
Join us for a lively conversation about the book, “The Things They Carried,” at the Ventura Avenue Center, 550 N Ventura Ave

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