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Defense Spending

Grading "We the People" on Self-Government

Patricia McGuire | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics
Patricia McGuire

The United States has spent more than $4 trillion on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11. That's not counting the cost of Homeland Security, the TSA, and other agencies spawned in the wake of 9/11. How effective is this investment?

They're Wagging the Dog

C. Robert Gibson | Posted 02.27.2013 | Politics
C. Robert Gibson

Today, politicians are happily feeding a complicit media a made-up story about a "fiscal cliff" and a nation that is too broke to pay the bills. Don't believe the hype.

It's Time for a Plan "D"

Rep. Barbara Lee | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics
Rep. Barbara Lee

"D" is for dream -- the American Dream. Our country can no longer afford more of the same failed Republican economic policies that are pushing millions of American families over a human cliff, not a fiscal one.

Make Pentagon Savings Part of Budget Negotiations

Rep. Keith Ellison | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics
Rep. Keith Ellison

The true foundation of our military power is not dollars or equipment, but the men and women of our armed forces. As retired four-star general and former secretary of state Colin Powell put it, the Pentagon's budget should not be considered "sacrosanct."

Senate Overwhelmingly Backs New Defense Bill

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Congress sent President Barack Obama a $633 billion defense bill for next year that would tighten penalties on Iran to thwart its n...

Defense Lobby Wins, Middle Class Loses in Obama Debt Proposal

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 02.18.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Why are people so anxious to avoid the "fiscal cliff" that they'll sacrifice the elderly, along with the disabled, veterans, and their families? And why does the President's proposal ask so much more "shared sacrifice" from them than it does of the nation's bloated defense contractors?

Heeding Eisenhower Now Needed More Than Ever

Ralph Nader | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics
Ralph Nader

Despite the prescient warnings of past presidents, who were also leading generals, the expanding war industry is now militarizing our public budgets, foreign policy, civil liberties and commercial culture as never before.

The Real Economics of the Fiscal Cliff

Robert J. Shapiro | Posted 12.13.2012 | Politics
Robert J. Shapiro

The European sovereign debt crisis remains a serious threat, but not because a collapse of Greek, Spanish or Italian debt would infect confidence in U.S. Treasuries. The real issue is that such a crisis would threaten the solvency of many major French and German banks.

Defense Needs Big Cuts, but Missile Defense Isn't the Place

Mark Pfeifle | Posted 02.11.2013 | Politics
Mark Pfeifle

While the Pentagon budget is long overdue for much-needed spending cuts, policy-makers looking for places to trim would be short-sighted if they don't recognize the need for an effective missile defense.

Let's Not Balance What Is True With What Is False

Annabel Park | Posted 02.10.2013 | Politics
Annabel Park

When people say that we need a "balanced approach" to reducing our debt and being fiscally responsible, what I hear is: We need to balance what is good for the whole country with what is good for a few super wealthy and powerful people.

4 Ways to Leap the 'Fiscal Cliff' to a Better America

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 02.10.2013 | Politics
Sarah van Gelder

Feeling panicked about the so-called "fiscal cliff?" Don't be. But artificial or not, the outcome of this fiscal showdown could set policy for years to come. Times of crisis open the door to changes that would be politically impossible in calmer settings

Pulling Back From the 'Military Cliff'?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 02.10.2013 | World
Tom Engelhardt

With the so-called fiscal cliff now eternally on the media horizon, there's been reporting recently on how your tax dollars are being spent, but do you have the faintest idea what it actually costs you to garrison the globe?

Picking Up a $170 Billion Tab

David Vine | Posted 02.10.2013 | World
David Vine

How much does the United States spend each year occupying the planet with its bases and troops? How much does it spend on its global presence?

What Fiscal Crisis? Obama's $8 Trillion Defense Budget

David Callahan | Posted 02.10.2013 | Politics
David Callahan

Hardly anyone in Washington is challenging the ongoing bloat in the U.S. security sector. To its enormous credit, the Simpson-Bowles Commission proposed serious cuts to security spending -- $1.3 trillion over a decade. Yet that recommendation was quickly forgotten, even by the Commission's many boosters.

Mark Gongloff

In Defense Of Tax Perks | Mark Gongloff | Posted 12.07.2012 | Business

There's probably no group of companies more alarmed about going over the "fiscal cliff" of tax increases and spending cuts due to take effect next mon...

Ryan Grim

Top Two Percent To GOP: Tax Us | Ryan Grim | Posted 12.06.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Republicans' opposition to any tax rate hike on the top two percent of earners shows few signs of letting up as the debate...

Toss Wasteful Defense Weapons Programs Off the Cliff

Rep. Barbara Lee | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics
Rep. Barbara Lee

No serious plan to address the deficit can go forward without defense spending reforms on the table. We need to rein in Pentagon spending after the last decade of unchecked increases, and spend our security dollars wisely.

Senate Passes Sweeping Defense Bill

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 02.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Senate overwhelmingly approved a sweeping, $631 billion defense bill Tuesday that sends a clear signal to President Barack Obam...

CEOs' Self-Serving Warning To Congress

Reuters | Posted 02.02.2013 | Business

* Uncertainty sparking layoffs, slowing investment * Executives sent letter to Obama, Congress, urging action * Critics ...

Let's Balance the Federal Budget Now

Pat Choate | Posted 02.02.2013 | Politics
Pat Choate

If Congress and the president were not beholden to various special interests, the budget could be balanced in three easy steps.

Build Us A Death Star -- And Fast!

The Huffington Post | Sarah Bufkin | Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics

Americans are petitioning the White House to go where it has never gone before -- to construct a "Death Star" by 2016 to "strengthen our national defe...

Liberal Victory? Count Again

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 02.02.2013 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

Without a new coalition, liberals are going to be much disappointed. It is much too early to do victory laps, given the president's natural tendencies to compromise in his dealings with an adamant conservative majority.

Crouching Fiscal Cliff, Hidden Aircraft Carrier

Chris Kelly | Posted 01.26.2013 | Politics
Chris Kelly

How scared should we be, of the Chinese and their nascent ability to put a plane on a boat?

Obama's Other Golden Hour

Christopher Holshek | Posted 01.21.2013 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

In Obama's second term, there will be some things that can and should be fixed, while others will have to await their time. Obama will have to choose wisely, because his chances will be narrow and his political capital is limited -- unless we afford him more.

Winning the Defense Spending Debate

Ken Blackwell | Posted 01.20.2013 | Politics
Ken Blackwell

As the budget debate becomes loud and vicious, we cannot allow liberals to hold the military hostage.