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National Priorities Project

Ten Examples of Welfare for the Rich and Corporations

Bill Quigley | Posted 03.16.2014 | Politics
Bill Quigley

Here are the top 10 examples of corporate welfare and welfare for the rich. There are actually thousands of tax breaks and subsidies for the rich and corporations provided by federal, state and local governments, but these 10 will give a taste.

Transparency Groups to Congress: Appropriations Logjam Hurts Democracy

Jo Comerford | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jo Comerford

National Priorities Project (NPP), Center for Effective Government, and the Sunlight Foundation today released a joint letter to the leaders of the U....

Exposing the Big Money in Tax Breaks

Mattea Kramer | Posted 11.17.2013 | Politics
Mattea Kramer

The federal government devotes more than $1 trillion -- that's $1,130,000,000,000 -- to something that gets almost no oversight or debate. What's this trillion-dollar secret project? Tax breaks.

Do-Nothing Congress Gives Inertia a Bad Name

Bill Moyers | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics
Bill Moyers

If you want to see why the public approval rating of Congress is down in the sub-arctic range all you have to do is take a quick look at how the House and Senate pay worship at the altar of corporations, banks and other special interests at the expense of public need.

Shocker: America Spends $2.16 Trillion on Violence Annually

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 11.28.2012 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

One out of every 7 dollars spent in the U.S. is spent containing violence. Is this really how we want to measure America's success, how we want to develop as a society, and how we want to leave the world for our children and our children's children?

Panetta Starts Singing Contractors' Tune After Closed-Door Meeting

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe | Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics
Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe

Panetta and his counterparts in the war industry can play Chicken Little all they want about war budget spending cuts, but they can't change the simple fact that military spending is terrible at creating jobs.

Mayors to Obama: Bring War Dollars Home

Peter Dreier | Posted 08.21.2011 | Politics
Peter Dreier

This week, the nation's mayors, desperate for dollars to keep their cities afloat, demanded: we want our money back!

Young Filmmakers Decry the Trillion-Dollar Cost of Two Dumb Wars

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Derrick Crowe

What would you do with $1 trillion? Unfortunately, one of Washington, D.C.'s answers over the last decade has been, "waste it on two wars that make us less safe and cause deep suffering at home and abroad."

The Longest Day and the Longest War

Saul Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Saul Friedman

The wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and elsewhere have cost our treasury one trillion dollars. Imagine what even part of that could have done for health care, education and decrepit schools.

Don't Call It a "Defense" Budget

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Solomon

The new budget from the White House will push U.S. military spending well above $2 billion a day. Foreclosing the future of our country should not be confused with defending it.