The defense industry and its Republican allies in Congress are up in arms -- metaphorically speaking, of course -- over the possibility that an agreement which the GOP signed might actually take effect as agreed.
Two recent reports highlight the disturbing chasm between the irrefutable evidence of the need for more investment in children -- particularly low-income and minority children and young children -- and Congress' insistence on ignoring it.
Defense contractors, in their relentless campaign to avoid reductions in Pentagon spending and, consequently, the hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars they receive every year, have started taking hostages -- their own employees.
If Congress backs away from the automatic cuts in defense that the Budget Control Act calls for, the GOP will have little incentive to negotiate a balanced deficit-reduction deal. Their top priorities, tax cuts and defense programs, will both be protected