Better uses can be found, Missoula Women for Peace say
They don't quite have the longevity of death or taxes, but Missoula Women for Peace volunteers were once again out for their annual tax day protest and bake sale in front of the Broadway post office.
"We started during the Vietnam War and we've been going ever since," said founding member Flo Chessin. "There's always new issues that come up."
Chessin said lunch hour drew the biggest crowd of the day past her table, which was covered with cookies, cinnamon rolls apples and fliers decrying the amount of money spent on exotic weapons systems. Assuming the average cost of a B2 Stealth Bomber is $1.5 billion, Missoula Women for Peace estimate we could pay the annual salaries of 56,604 elementary school teachers, or provide summer job training for 397,059 American students, or even buy season's tickets for all 50,000 seats in a major baseball stadium for the next 25 years.
"Only one person was critical," Chessin said of Monday's response. "She said we aren't spending enough on defense and too much on welfare."
A few people driving up to the street-side mailboxes zipped out of their cars to buy a snack at the table, but most of the business appeared to come from passersby. Chessin said most of the money would go to defray the group's photocopying expenses.