Budget Matters Blog

Entries By Ashik Siddique


Trade-Offs from the 2020 Trump Budget

America's military budget is so huge that the Trump budget's proposed increases for FY 2020 can seem like a drop in the bucket. But let's compare the value of some of Trump's most extra priorities to things that can actually improve people's lives.


Trump's FY2020 Budget Request Bloats Militarized Spending—and Slashes Actual Human Needs

At long last, President Trump released his third presidential budget request today, after a month-long delay due to the government shutdown. And it’s a doozy.


How Much Could We Buy With a 70% Top Marginal Tax Rate?

How much could our federal government pay for if the top marginal tax rate was raised to 70 percent?


It’s Time to Demilitarize Our Budget to Fight Climate Change

While the Trump administration fixates on a militarized non-solution to the non-crisis at the border, the real crisis is staring us in the face: accelerating climate change. And demilitarizing the U.S. budget is part of any real climate solution.


Trump is Spending $210 Million So Troops Can Hang Out With Border Agents Tear-Gassing Children

The Trump administration’s deployment of military troops at the U.S./Mexico border keeps escalating—unarmed refugees are being tear gassed, and direct costs of the situation are expected to reach $210 million through December.


Bipartisan Commission Wants Pentagon Budget Increase to Nearly $1 Trillion by 2024

A national security commission calls for annual increases of 3-5% in the Department of Defense budget—that could result in military spending of $972 trillion in 2024. But the Pentagon just failed its first-ever audit. If you don’t know where $700 billion is going, why would you know where $1 trillion is going?