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Defense Spending

Accounting for the Pentagon

Washington Spectator | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Washington Spectator

A battle is raging over how much money Americans will sink into the Pentagon next year. At least, that's what it looks like. The Republican Party's deficit hawks have clashed with its defense hawks over another hike in military spending. Obama, meanwhile, has vowed to veto any spending bill that underfunds his domestic priorities.

Taxes for Peace, Please!

Charleta B. Tavares | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
Charleta B. Tavares

My constituents, and all Ohioans, work hard to keep roofs over their heads and feed their families. Their hard-earned, finite tax dollars should be prioritized to meet the needs of our community. It is time for Congress to carefully scrutinize how our tax dollars are spent as they craft next year's budget.

Getting Our Pennies in Priority for Tax Day

Susan Shaer | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
Susan Shaer

We are what we spend. If we let the Pentagon consume the largest part of our discretionary budget, then we give license to be defined in those terms. We will continue to address global problems with bombs rather than diplomacy. We should not be satisfied with that.

Big Winners and Big Losers in the House and Senate Republican Budgets

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.11.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In the House and Senate budget proposals for fiscal year 2016, passed with only Republican votes at the end of March, there are big winners and big losers. The big winners are defense spending and contractors and very wealthy people and powerful special interests. The big losers are children, our poorest group in America, and struggling low- and middle-income families.

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: Americans Are More Ready Than Ever To Elect A Female President

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 03.27.2015 | Politics

Americans of all parties are more ready for a female president than they were four years ago. In New Hampshire, more Republicans are pro-choice than p...

Ariel Edwards-Levy

A Key Piece Of The House Budget Has Little Support Among Americans

HuffingtonPost.com | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the U.S. prepares to spend billions of dollars fighting extremist groups in the Middle East, there is little consensus among American...

Igor Bobic

Rand Paul Channels His Inner Tom Cotton, Calls For Defense Spending Hike

HuffingtonPost.com | Igor Bobic | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Most Interesting Man in American politics is quickly becoming anything but. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who is expected to announce h...

Laura Barron-Lopez

Divided House GOP Prevents Embarrassment, Passes Budget Boosting Defense Spending

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans narrowly pulled off a risky maneuver Wednesday by passing a budget that will boost defense spending, following a rift ...

Laura Barron-Lopez

Senate Girds For Lengthy Budget Battle Over Obamacare And Defense Spending

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics

The Senate on Tuesday kicked off what is likely to be a lengthy funding debate over Senate Republicans' budget blueprint, which aims to boost defense ...

The Big Dick School of American Patriotism

Nan Levinson | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Nan Levinson

The BDSP is based on a bedrock belief in how America should work: that the only strength that really matters is military and that a great country is one with the capacity to beat the bejesus out of everyone else.

The Pentagon Doesn't Need More Money

William Hartung | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics
William Hartung

But you would never know it if you listened to the cries coming from key members of Congress and hawkish D.C. think tanks. It is important to note that these substantial proposed increases in Pentagon spending are arbitrary numbers cherry-picked from past Pentagon five-year plans, not careful assessments of current defense needs.

Restoring the Faith With Our Military

Jeremy Hilton | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics
Jeremy Hilton

In the end, many of us may differ on what the final military pay and benefits package should look like...what I want more than agreement is your involvement. Sitting this one out isn't in yours or our nation's best interest.

Needed: A Bold Left to Defend Government

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 04.06.2015 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

We need an active, independent left willing to challenge the push for smaller government. A well-managed government can revitalize the economy even as it makes our world a better place to live. Many Americans seem to understand that instinctively. Where, then, is the movement that will make that argument?

Managing the Pentagon in 2015: Challenges for the Next Defense Secretary

David W. Kearn | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics
David W. Kearn

Given the uncertain and complex nature of the international security environment and the dysfunctional politics of Washington, the next Secretary faces a truly daunting set of tasks.

Perry Talking Point Distorts Facts

FactCheck.org | Eugene Kiely, with Lauren Shapiro | Posted 11.14.2014 | Politics

The Following post first appeared on FactCheck.org. Rick Perry says the U.S. is at risk because “our spending on defense has declined 21 perc...

Deputy Defense Secretary: 'End This Madness'

Reuters | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics

(Adds quotes, background) By David Alexander WASHINGTON, Nov 12 (Reuters) - U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work o...

Not All Veterans Are Heroes

Jarrod S. Chlapowski | Posted 01.11.2015 | Politics
Jarrod S. Chlapowski

Am I describing the entire enlisted force, past and present? Not at all. But that's the point. We are not all the same. Taking the veteran moniker doesn't change that. What I'm getting to is this: Stop "other"-ing us.

U.S. Economy Grows At 3.5 Percent Rate

AP | By MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Posted 12.30.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy powered its way to a solid annual growth rate of 3.5 percent from July through September, outpacing most of the d...

Jennifer Bendery

Why Congress Is Reluctant To Stop The Military Toys Flowing To Local Cops

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The militarized police response to protests in Ferguson, Missouri, is forcing members of Congress to explain their ongoing support for a...

What Would Clausewitz Do?

James A. Nathan | Posted 10.05.2014 | Politics
James A. Nathan

A fair-minded review of the last 40 or 50 years reveals a painfully meager inventory of successes. Grenada, Panama, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Afghanistan (we can hope) are arguable exceptions.

David McCabe

Biden Calls Out Cheney On Cuts To Food Stamps, Transportation

HuffingtonPost.com | David McCabe | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday rebuked Dick Cheney's call to cut spending for food stamps and highways and increase funds for the...

Find Out What You're Buying

Ralph Nader | Posted 09.13.2014 | Politics
Ralph Nader

The federal government is one of the world's biggest consumers. These hundreds of billions of dollars in purchases and investments are a driving force of the American economy -- procurement creates jobs, promotes innovation and even has socially beneficial effects. It also is often associated with outsourcing waste and fraud and crony capitalism.

An Exceptional Decline for the Exceptional Country?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 09.13.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Today, the U.S. looks less like a functioning and effective empire than an imperial basket case, unable to bring its massive power to bear effectively from Germany to Syria, Iraq to Afghanistan, Libya to the South China Sea, the Crimea to Africa.

Thank You, Chester Nez

John F. Schwaller | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
John F. Schwaller

Thank You, Chester Nez

House Rebuffs Pentagon On Defense Spending

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House defied the Pentagon on Thursday, overwhelmingly backing a $601 billion defense authorization bill that saves the Cold Wa...