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Time To Account For The Cost Of War

We wouldn’t have the sequester today, if it wasn’t for all the wasteful military spending that took place to enable the invasion and occupation of Iraq. However, Republicans and conservative Democrats remain reluctant to cut military spending back down to pre-war levels, and have worked to obfuscate the true financial cost of the war. [...]

What Does A Military Crisis Of Readiness Look Like?

A significant reduction in our nation’s military budget would not only bring our economy back to a more sustainable footing. It would also wean Washington’s political culture away from an unhealthy tendency to perceive a military crisis around every corner. [...]

Joe Wilson’s Odd Math On National Debt

How could it be that dollar spent on schools for America’s kids increases the national debt, but a dollar spent on bombs and bullets used to kill people in America’s wars does not increase the national debt? Joe Wilson wasn’t able to explain how this freakish economic dynamic works. [...]

The Top 10 Contractors of 2011: All Military. Gaining More of Your Tax Dollars. Connected.

Last year, I shared with you the Top 10 federal contractors of 2010. Last week the Federal Procurement Data System released a new wave of information for 2011. Let’s compare the two years:

Top 10 Federal Contractors of 2010: 1. Lockheed Martin Corp.: $35,828,421,340.83 in contracts

2. Boeing: $19,486,294,255.83 in contracts

3. Northrop Grumman Corp.: [...]

Newt Gingrich for President of the Moon

Newt Gingrich wants to be President so that he can build home for himself on the Moon? Fine. Let’s give it to him. Only, let’s not make him President of the United States of America. Let’s make Newt Gingrich President of the Moon, and then have the Russians ship him off on a Soyuz rocket to serve out his term there, in a capsule on the side of the crater, the ruler of all he can see. [...]

Irregular Times Political Donation: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

As Irregular Times writers, we’ve pledged to donate a dollar to international relief for every shirt we sell, but we also donate another dollar to good political causes within American borders. Our donation this month isn’t headed to some Democratic politician. For years the Democrats convinced us to vote them into office on the premise [...]

NH GOP Cries Boo, Not Enough People Are Smoking

What happens when smoking rates decline in New Hampshire? The answer depends on your vantage point.

If you’re in charge of tax collection in the state of New Hampshire, you’re disappointed:

Administrative Services Commissioner Linda Hodgdon said Wednesday that revenue is $4 million below estimates. She said the biggest disappointment was the tobacco tax which [...]

Americans Elect Spins Clear Trends on Economy and the Budget into Third Way Centrism

The 501c4 corporation trying to run its own presidential nomination, Americans Elect, keeps insisting that it has no ideology: “Americans Elect doesn’t have an ideology or agenda, either.”

But Americans Elect just can’t keep its ideology from leaking out. Check out its latest “news” post in which it rejects the “extremes” of budget policy and [...]

In Solicitation for Funds, Americans Elect Reveals Budget and Ballot Access Plans

Americans Elect is a private 501c4 corporation with plans to elect its own candidate for President and Vice President of the United States. A leaked solicitation to the well-heeled for funds indicates the scope of its budget and the time frame for its ballot access plans.

Alex Rodrigues, who has done graphic design work for [...]

Get Your Operating Manual For the Earth

The new PBS special, Earth – The Operators’ Manual, offers a strong, understandable, up to date communication of scientific understanding about climate change and energy alternatives to fossil fuels. [...]

John Boehner’s Moral Hazard With The Budget

John Boehner’s Republican House of Representatives is lavishing gifts on the financial elites, even while they’re taking away from working Americans. Boehner ought to be mindful of the consequences of such selective giving, because the meek, Jesus said, would inherit the Earth, and they just might inherit Congress too. [...]