Congresswoman Barbara Lee is sponsoring legislation (H.R. 808) that would create a new cabinet level bureaucracy…the Department of Peacebuilding. No, don’t rub your eyes, you read that correctly.
What would this Department do, you ask?
This proposed department would be charged with developing national strategies and programs for violence reduction both domestically and internationally. Working across agencies, the Secretary of Peacebuilding would sponsor conflict prevention and dispute resolution initiatives, facilitate peace summits between conflicting parties, encourage community policing, and support efforts by local community and religious groups to reduce gun violence, racial and ethnic violence, and prevent violence against women and LGBT Americans.
And, it would be funded with enough money as is necessary to provide this vital service, both here and abroad.
So, while our President is flying around the country inventing the damage that would be caused by the loss of $85 billion in budget increases, and, while our national debt inches ever closer to $17 trillion, Ms. Lee is proposing yet another government behemoth that will duplicate what is already being done by our State Department, at least on the international level, and a myriad of both federal and state agencies on the national and local level.
No wonder we’re broke.
Any guesses as to Ms. Lee’s political affiliation?