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Know Your Enemy Better: The Top 10 Federal Contractors of 2013

A few years ago, I shared with you patterns of connection between the Top 10 federal contractors of 2011. Let’s return to that subject with federal contracting data for 2013, released last month by the Federal Procurement Data System. The top 10 private contractors with the United States government in fiscal year 2013 were:

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Bipartisan Congressional Group Seeks Accountability From Big Brother Spending

This Friday, President Barack Obama is scheduled to release some reforms to the unconstitutional, authoritarian electronic spying network operated through the military’s National Security Agency. Personally, I’m not expecting much from Obama, and regardless of what he says, he’s lost my trust on this issue. Obama has spent every year of his presidency so far […]

Will Government Shutdown Protect Us From NSA Spies?

The latest government shutdown drama has me yawning. The stakes are high, I know, and if the other side gets its way, then yadda, yadda, yadda. We’ve heard it all before – especially in recent years. I know I’m supposed to get worked up at the idea that the Republicans are threatening to shut down […]

Repeal the 16th Amendment? How Will You Carry That Out?

Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa has a grand idea, and by “grand” I mean big. Rep. King, never one to think small, has introduced House Joint Resolution 16, a proposed constitutional amendment that reads simply:

The sixteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.

Read the 16th Amendment […]

US Bombing Of Great Barrier Reef Exposes Sham Sequestration Fears

If the U.S. military budget has really crippled training, how come there’s still enough money in for training to send pilots halfway around the world to attack enemy coral reefs? […]

Does The Obama Budget Really Seize Retirement Accounts?

Do you know anyone who actually has three million dollars invested in a retirement plan? The odds are you don’t – but if you do, consider this millionaire you know. Is this person struggling financially so much that he or she could not reasonably afford to pay the ordinary amount of income taxes? […]

Boston Rallies to Redirect Budget Cuts from Human Needs to the Military Budget

At 11 AM today, a large coalition of groups assembles outside Boston’s North Station in a rally for the reprioritization of the budget from warfare to human needs. Participating groups include:

Budget for All Coalition Mass. AFL-CIO Mass. Jobs with Justice Mass. Alliance of HUD Tenants American Friends Service Committee Mass. Peace Action Disability Policy […]

Senate Hides Behind Secret Votes in Defunding Research

To no small degree, the United States of America rose in prominence because of innovation, and to no small degree that innovation has been funded through research funded directly by the federal government and indirectly through its support of higher education. In economist Edwin Mansfield’s classic study of American industrial innovation, for instance, he finds […]

House Republicans Vote AGAINST Cutting Deficit By 4.4 Trillion Dollars

Republicans are always saying that they want to reduce the size of the federal budget deficit. This week, the House GOP voted AGAINST reducing the deficit by 4.4 trillion dollars. […]

Roll Call: Most Democrats Vote AGAINST Progressive Budget Legislation

This was the sort of progressive budget bill that Democratic voters have spent years waiting for, and so, naturally, the majority of House Democrats voted against it. […]

Looking For A Vote On The Back To Work Budget?

It’s been said that the U.S. House of Representatives will be voting on a wide variety of budget bills aimed at ending the sequestration austerity currently imposed on the USA. Barack Obama and the Republicans in Congress worked together to pass sequestration in the first place, but now, they’re pretending to have always opposed the […]