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Military Spending

No Longer Number 1!

Alyn Ware | Posted 08.04.2011 | World
Alyn Ware

As a New Zealander living part-time in the United States for nearly two decades, I have until now been perplexed by the American compulsion to have to...

Michael Sky is Dying

Norm Stamper | Posted 07.20.2011 | Books
Norm Stamper

Unless you live on a small, green island off Washington State, or haven't read his books or participated in his workshops, you've probably not heard of Michael Sky. He is a dear friend, and he is dying.

Time to End Outdated Military Spending, Not Medicare

Sen. Jon Tester | Posted 07.19.2011 | Politics
Sen. Jon Tester

Before politicians try to cut spending by breaking the promises made to our seniors, we ought to be looking at ways to cut the number of unnecessary Cold War-era installations overseas while keeping our armed forces the strongest in the world.

Hawks Fighting the Wrong War on China

William Hartung | Posted 07.18.2011 | World
William Hartung

The hawks of the military-industrial complex who are hyping the Chinese threat to justify record military budgets are fighting the wrong war, to the detriment of our security.

America's "Shoot 'Em Up, Lock 'Em Up" Mentality Is Its Undoing

David A. Love | Posted 07.11.2011 | Politics
David A. Love

It is hard to shake off bad habits and the U.S. has a number of them. The addiction to remaining in a permanent state of war is one of the largest and most problematic.

Simon Johnson: Is There Too Much Federal Debt?

The New York Times | Simon Johnson | Posted 07.06.2011 | Business

In the nation’s latest fiscal mood swing, the mainstream consensus has swung from “we must extend the Bush tax cuts” (in November and December 2...

Does Isaiah's Peaceful Prophecy Have A Chance?

Levi Ben-Shmuel | Posted 07.04.2011 | Religion
Levi Ben-Shmuel

The death of Osama bin Laden and the recent budget debates in Washington give us lenses into the tension between the support for war and movement toward fulfilling Isaiah's vision.

The War in Afghanistan: A Burden Taxpayers Can't Afford

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 06.18.2011 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

No one likes to pay taxes, but most Americans understand our country is stronger because we collectively fund our national priorities. But we shouldn't be asking constituents to sacrifice unnecessarily for a counterproductive war.

Amanda Terkel

How Much Are You Paying For The War In Afghanistan? | Amanda Terkel | Posted 06.18.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- As Americans breathe a sigh of relief over finally filing the returns on what they owe (or are owed from) Uncle Sam this Tax Day, the pr...

Amanda Terkel

WATCH: GOP Lawmaker Claims Every Time The U.S. Has Cut Taxes, Revenue Has Gone Up | Amanda Terkel | Posted 06.17.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As Congress addresses the federal deficit and begins debating next year's budget, a centerpiece of the conversation is whether to raise ...

Endless War and Empire: Your Tax Dollars at Work

Medea Benjamin | Posted 06.14.2011 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

While John Boehner and Barack Obama might disagree on some things, there's one area they can agree on: War. And the need for more of it.

The War On Soft Power

Foreign Policy | Posted 06.14.2011 | World

Last week, U.S. President Barack Obama and Congress struggled until the 11th hour to agree on budget cuts that would avert a government shutdown. The ...

Woe to You, Legislators!

Jim Wallis | Posted 06.14.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

The president's fiscal message this week was on point, and will have to be repeated over and over again in the months ahead against all the pressures to compromise.

Autocratic Deafness

Robert Koehler | Posted 06.14.2011 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The geopolitics of today's world is a hellish cauldron of competing and temporarily interlocking interests, with violence, coercion and domination the only known standards for conflict resolution.

Libya War Is No Pentagon Lifeline

John Feffer | Posted 06.11.2011 | World
John Feffer

If you believe the Libya operation justifies current U.S. military spending levels -- or even an increase -- think again.

My Easter Letter To The IRS

Shane Claiborne | Posted 06.11.2011 | Religion
Shane Claiborne

It has been hard for me to navigate what to do as tax season approaches, with so much of our federal tax money going toward militarism.

Global Military Spending Hits New High

Posted 06.10.2011 | World

Worldwide military spending edged up in 2010 to a record $1.6 trillion, a leading think-tank said on Monday. Global spending rose 1.3 percent i...

Budget Battle: Who Is Our Country For?

Dave Johnson | Posted 06.07.2011 | Politics
Dave Johnson

This budget is clear in its purpose: to create a one-dollar-one-vote plutocracy for the wealthy few, while gutting our one-person-one-vote democratic system.

The Geopolitics of Stupidity

John Feffer | Posted 06.05.2011 | World
John Feffer

Frankly, I would prefer that crowds in the Muslim world came together in angry, peaceful protest not when Terry Jones issues his video plea for attention, but when the U.S. president submits the annual budget proposal for military spending.

Adding It All Up

Rep. Bruce Braley | Posted 05.30.2011 | Politics
Rep. Bruce Braley

Anyone who believes the actions we take in Libya are unrelated to the budget battle would probably believe that federal funding of National Public Radio caused our $1.3 trillion deficit. The facts just don't add up.

10 Reasons Why I'm Fasting For A Better Budget

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.28.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Every Christian, regardless of political affiliation, is called to take up the cause of the poor and the needy because that is God's heart, and we will be calling every legislator who says they are a Christian.

Give To Uncle Sam What Is Uncle Sam's: Tax Season War Resistance

Shane Claiborne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Shane Claiborne

Imagine what would happen if a massive popular movement of ordinary Americans decided to voice their concern about military spending -- by withholding $10.40 from their 1040 tax forms this year?

Libya Makes Case for Lower Military Spending

William Hartung | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Hartung

It's been suggested that the Libyan intervention could "easily pass the $1 billion mark." Only in Washington would $1 billion be considered a minor cost, but in the context of annual military spending, it's a relatively modest sum.

The Peace Movement Today

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

Recently, when commentators have bothered to notice the American peace movement, they have pronounced it dead. But this is far from the case. Adm...

Wisconsin, Meet the Military

Russ Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russ Baker

In all the talk about the outrageous salaries and benefits of teachers and government employees, how much discussion is there about the budget for the military and the spy establishment? Well, um, almost none at all.