Budget Matters Blog


We Need a Stimulus that Serves People Over Profit

Rather than restoring the status quo, we have the opportunity to forge a different path that invests in real security for Americans.


If $1.5 Trillion Exists to Bail Out Wall Street from Coronavirus, We Can Fund Actual Needs for All

The Federal Reserve just injected $1.5 trillion into the banking system to prop up crashing markets spooked by the coronavirus pandemic. Don’t let anyone ever tell you that our government can’t afford to provide nice — and necessary — things for all of us.


Against a Global Coronavirus Pandemic, the Trump Budget Keeps Militarizing America

As fears grow of a global coronavirus pandemic, the United States is in a poor situation to cope. Aggressive messaging from the White House assures the public that the "full weight of the U.S. government" is working to keep Americans safe from the disease, but those words are belied by...


Trump 2021 Budget Cuts Diplomacy and Foreign Aid, Increases Foreign Military Aid

The numbers speak for themselves. This budget is a recipe for war.


Trump's 2021 budget keeps ignoring the climate crisis

After rounding out the hottest decade on record, the federal government continues to operate in complete denial of the climate crisis. The Trump administration’s fourth budget proposal, released Monday, postures as if its spending priorities counter the next decade’s emerging threats, without a single mention of climate change.  


Trump's 2021 budget cuts all federal agencies—except militarized ones

President Trump released his fourth budget proposal this week, and the priorities are crystal clear. Across the board, the 2021 budget request prioritizes brute force and militarization over humanitarian and diplomatic solutions. While militarized agencies rate spending increases, just about every non-militarized department is on the chopping block.


Trump's 2021 budget gives 55% to the military

The president's 2021 budget proposal, delivered today, would put 55% of the $1.3 trillion discretionary budget toward the military.


Yes, We Really Can Cut the Pentagon to Pay for Medicare for All

blog from Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget took issue with my October 17 op-ed in the The New York Times, “We Don’t Need to Raise Taxes to Have ‘Medicare for All.’” They got a couple of important things wrong.


The House voted to stop war with Iran. Now it's the Senate's turn.

It's time to call your Senator.


Threat of War Inflates Stock Holdings of Military Contractor CEOs

As long as we allow the top executives of our privatized war economy to reap unlimited rewards, the profit motive for war in Iran — or anywhere — will persist.