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Military Spending

Familiar Recipe Cooking Once Again

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

We've tasted this recipe before. A crisis is created. Panic is fomented by politicians, pundits, media, business and others. "Something must be don...

Elise Foley

House Approves Bill With Massive Spending Cuts After All-Night Session | Elise Foley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

***UPDATED*** WASHINGTON - After an all-night session, House Republicans early Saturday morning passed legislation that would slash $60 billion in ...

Succor the Rich, Suffer the Child

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Robert L. Borosage

The blizzard of budget numbers flurrying around Washington is disorienting. Deficits are high, cuts must be made, and sacrifice is in order. Unfortunately, it looks like those sacrifices will be made by our children's education.

Obama's Budget Speaks to Wall Street, Ignores Voters

Thomas Ferguson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Thomas Ferguson

President Obama's budget proposal fails to bring US health care costs in line with those of other major countries with better records on providing adequate services to their populations.

Elise Foley

Paul Ryan Defends GOP's Proposed Spending Cuts | Elise Foley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) defended Republicans' plan to cut $60 billion from current spending levels, including $1.4 billion in job traini...

What Would Jesus Cut?

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.26.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

The priorities we are now seeing in Congress are not consistent with Christian, Jewish, or Muslim values. And if the super-rich and their representatives in Congress persist in this fight against the poor, they will be picking a fight with all of us.

Are We Ready to Cut Defense Spending? What the Polls Say

Carl Conetta | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carl Conetta

Although neither the White House nor Congress seem eager to apply the deficit-reduction axe to the Pentagon's record-level budgets, the American public appears ready.

Amanda Terkel

Alan Simpson: Deficit Reduction Proposals Are A 'Sparrow Belch In The Midst Of The Typhoon' | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former senator Alan Simpson, who co-chaired President Obama's debt commission, blasted lawmakers for refusing to take on Medicare, Medic...

Amanda Terkel

GOP Senator To Pentagon: Get Finances In Order Or Face Deep Cuts | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Although many Republicans are still arguing that the Defense Department should be exempt from the belt-tightening the rest of the countr...

Americans: If You're Going to Cut, Cut Military Spending, Not Safety Nets

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

If our policymakers were really serious about cutting wasteful government spending, they'd start with the war that's not making us safer and not worth the costs.

Cow Most Sacred: Why Military Spending Remains Untouchable

Andrew Bacevich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Bacevich

U.S. military outlays today equal that of every other nation on the planet combined, a situation without precedent in modern history. What are Americans getting for their money? Sadly, not much.

Republicans Split Over Plans To Cut Defense Budget

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

To hear the Republican leadership tell it, the once-sacred Pentagon budget, protected by the party for generations, is suddenly on the table. But a cl...

Congresswoman Giffords Benefits From Civilian/Military Health Care Cooperation That Navy Attempts to Dismantle

Hal Donahue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hal Donahue

Giffords' survival to this day is vivid testimony to the effectiveness of our Department of Defense and civilian medical communities not just to patient care but to the dissemination of information and training.

Government Workers Are the New Illegal Aliens

Tina Dupuy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Tina Dupuy

Government workers are the new group treated like parasites on the system; their jobs are illegitimate and disposable. Better to stick with the empty and symbolic than tackle the difficult.

Pentagon Set To Announce $100 Billion In Spending Cuts

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Defense Secretary Robert Gates is expected to announce as early as Thursday about $100 billion in savings for the Pentagon and cuts to some weapons pr...

We Are A Religious Nation -- Or Are We?

Bernard Starr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Reliable polls tell us that America is the most religious nation in the industrialized world. So why is the U.S. poverty rate the third worst among developed nations worldwide?

The Ticking Bomb No One Hears: Exploding Interest on the Debt

Meredith Bagby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Meredith Bagby

As we begin this New Year, we citizens need to demand immediate action from the incoming Congress. And as investors, we must begin storing up our nuts. It could be a very long winter.

The Globalization of Militarism

Ismael Hossein-zadeh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ismael Hossein-zadeh

US militarization of the world has a number of ominous consequences for the overwhelming majority or the population the world.

"Blowback" and "Baseworld": Remembering Chalmers Johnson

Mark Engler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Engler

On November 20, Chalmers Johnson, scholar of East Asian development and critic of American empire, died at age seventy-nine.

Tom Coburn Rejects John McCain On Defense Spending

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), a public proponent of cutting military spending as a vehicle to balance budgets, took aim Tuesday at Sen. John McCain's (R-...

How I Fixed the Deficit

Paul Tullis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Tullis

If we get over the idea that we have to have the world's most expensive military by a factor of seven, and that how we treat the richest should revert to the 1890s, solving the budget is not so terrible.

U.S. To Tolerate Afghan Corruption In Latest War Strategy

Washington Post | Greg Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN - U.S. commanders in southern Afghanistan are adopting a strategy that increasingly places the priority on fighting the Taliban ...

A Look at Global Militarization (VIDEO)

Iara Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Iara Lee

In 2009, the United States government spent some $650 billion on its military. This is more than the next 46 highest-spending countries combined.

Bombs, Cookies And The Cross: A Christian View On Military Spending

Shane Claiborne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Shane Claiborne

Let us put our hands together and build a world where the schools have enough money and the militaries have to sell cookies for their uniforms.

A Solar Victory and Military Defeat at the White House

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Harvey Wasserman

Five things are certain about the solar panels going back on the White House roof. But there's still one great unknown: will this solar energy zap Team Obama with the courage to confront the nuclear/military madness?