Budget Matters Blog

Entries By Ashik Siddique


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.


11% of the Military Budget Could Fund Enough Renewable Energy for Every Home in the US

There are 127,586,000 households total in the U.S., according to the most recent Census. The cost of wind power for the average US household for one year is $581.28  as of 2018, and the cost for solar electiricty is $623.92. 127.59 million households × $581.28 (Cost per Household with Wind Power...


Trump's 4th of July Fiasco is a Salute to Pentagon Waste

This 4th of July, President Trump is flaunting some of the Pentagon's deepest money pits on the National Mall.


What Still Wasn’t Said in Democratic Debate Night #2

Another ten candidates for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination answered questions last night in the second of back-to-back debates.  The contenders and moderators said a bit more about our government’s highly militarized current priorities than last night, but still left much to be desired. Here’s what they did bring up...


Introducing the Poor People's Moral Budget: Everybody Has the Right to Live

For the 140 million people who are poor, or one emergency away from being poor, we know it's necessary to present a comprehensive response to the systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism, and war economy plaguing our country today. This Poor People’s Moral Budget asks, given the resources of our society, whether these demands are also possible. Our answer is a resounding yes.


It's time to put people over Pentagon & slash $200 billion from the military budget

We're joining a coalition to urge 2020 candidates to cut military funds enough to free $2 trillion or more over the next decade for big, bold, urgent people-first priorities.


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.