Fighting for a U.S. federal budget that prioritizes peace, economic security and shared prosperity
Sarah Lazare - In These Times
It is deeply troubling to imagine the U.S. military—the world’s most violent institution, and itself a climate villain—taking a leadership role in shaping the response to a crisis that could subject countless people to illness, food insecurity, severe storms and human displacement. The NDAA language has no acknowledgement of climate victims except through the lens ...
Elizabeth Beavers - Inkstick Media
When we talk about hundreds of billions or even trillions of dollars, it’s easy to get lost in the massive numbers and to lose sight of what those changes in resources could really mean in the context of people’s lives. So here are some points of comparison to put it ...
Lindsay Koshgarian - Truthout
With Medicare for All or a Green New Deal, critics constantly ask: how can we possibly pay for it? Yet in the wake of the new Trump Budget, which makes the 2017 tax cuts permanent and guns Pentagon spending — who's asking how will Trump pay for it?
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove - The Nation
Poverty is a moral crisis in America, but the Trump administration has changed the qualifying criteria for government assistance in order to celebrate that lower numbers of people now receive food stamps, as if ceasing to count poor people somehow reduces poverty.
David Grossman - Inverse
Between 2010 and 2016, the Air Force took over $17 million from what’s known as the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) fund, which is ostensibly for wartime projects only. The nonprofit National Priorities Project refers to the OCO as a “slush fund for the military” with very little oversight.
David Swanson - Foreign Policy Journal
Every presidential candidate ought to produce a basic outline of a federal discretionary budget to give taxpayers some idea of how they intend to spend.
Amy Goodman - Democracy Now!
Six Democratic presidential candidates sparred on Tuesday night in Des Moines, the last debate before the crucial Iowa caucuses. The debate, hosted by CNN and The Des Moines Register, focused heavily on foreign policy and rising tensions with Iran following the U.S. assassination of that country’s top military commander, Qassem Soleimani.
8 O'Clock Buzz - WORT-FM
Jan talks with Lindsay Koshgarian from the National Priorities Project about her recent article in The Progressive Magazine entitled “Can’t Afford Another War”. She refers to data researched by the Watson Institute showing the cost of the Iraq War and related costs to $6.9 Trillion since 2001, and how that money could ...
Lindsay Koshgarian - Truthout
Progressives are rightly mobilizing in force against war with Iran. Preventing another war is certainly imperative. In addition, we must recognize it is past time to end the endless wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. As the budget process for 2021 gets under way, Congress needs to take the next step: ...
Lindsay Koshgarian - The Progressive
The United States spent over 800 billion dollars on the war in Iraq, while social services and infrastructure crumbled at home.