Budget Matters Blog

Category: Social Insurance, Earned Benefits, & Safety Net


Martin Luther King Jr.’s Internationalist Vision is More Crucial Than Ever

Over 50 years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr., said of the United States in his crucial “Beyond Vietnam” speech that: “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.” If we take King’s words seriously...


U.S. Military Contracts Totaled $3.4 Trillion Over Ten Years

Source: Chart by National Priorities Project, data from USAspending.gov.  As Democrats negotiate the Build Back Better bill from $3.5 trillion (over ten years) down to $1.75 trillion over ten years, priorities like paid leave, free community college, and Medicare expansion for affordable prescriptions, dental, and vision care are all on...

The Hypocrisy of the Federal Spending Debate

Why is it controversial to spend on social programs but not the Pentagon? Or to subsidize the poor but not the rich?

 


Don't Go Small on Infrastructure

By raising taxes on the wealthy and redirecting other public resources, we can meet everyone’s needs and strengthen our economy.


A Plan to End Poverty in the United States

A new congressional resolution asserts it’s not only possible to end poverty, but morally necessary.


America's Immigration Solution

What's the answer to declining births, labor shortages, and spending shortfalls? Immigration. Just ask Germany.


To Some, Reparations Are Common Sense

Three white Jeopardy contestants recently thought reparations had already been paid. It made me feel strangely optimistic.


Stop Calling it a "Border Crisis"

People escaping violence have a right to seek safety. If they can’t, that’s the real crisis.


If Impoverished Countries Can Host Millions of Refugees, the US Can Welcome a Few Thousand

The factors that drive displacement are often complex, but welcoming refugees isn't.


Bombing Syria vs. Raising Wages: When Do the Rules Apply?

The Biden administration is bending rules to drop bombs but not raise wages. That’s a mistake.