Budget Matters Blog

Category: Military & Security


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.


Call Congress: No War With Iran

War is imminent. Present Trump authorized a military strike to kill Iranian military leader Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani in Baghdad, an act that has driven the Iranians to swear retaliation.  The military action to kill Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani was dangerous, illegal and possibly untruthful. The United States must avoid war with...

Trump’s Endless Wars

Trump’s not bringing the troops home. He’s been haphazardly deploying more troops, drones, and dollars abroad, while waging a shadow foreign policy for his own benefit.


Fall Party 2019 in Northampton MA!

Join us October 29 in Northampton, MA!


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...


Remembering Frances Crowe

This week, Frances Crowe, the lifelong peace and anti-nuclear activist (among other causes), passed away. She was 100 years old, and she estimated that she’d been arrested for civil disobedience at least 100 times.


The Bipartisan $738 Billion Military Budget Deal

In July, lawmakers voted along bipartisan lines to pass a budget deal (now also Trump-approved) that will fund the federal government for the next two years, and help the United States avoid a potentially catastrophic default on its debt for the same period. But the deal didn’t come cheap: it came at the price of an astoundingly high, $738 billion military budget.


The U.S. Spends More on Its Military Than 144 Countries Combined

$121.1 billion. That’s how much more money the United States spends on its military than 144 other countries combined.