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The Concrete Cost Of High Military Spending In 2016

Yesterday, by a vote of 278 in favor and 174 in opposition, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve a huge spending package of 578.6 billion dollars for the military. The legislation, H.R. 2685, raises military spending above the level requested by the military itself.

578.6 billion dollars is such an immense amount of […]

$314 Million to Fight the Russians Before 2020

Senator Rob Portman of Ohio took explained this week why the military contractor General Dynamics needed an extra $314 million: to fight the Russians before 2020. His floor remarks:

“The big news when I was over there was that there was a road march being conducted by the 2nd Calvary Regiment through Central and Eastern […]

In the Network: Top 10 Federal Contractors of 2014, Connected through Lobbyists

A few years ago, I looked into the ties that connected the top 10 federal contractors of 2010 and 2011, and last year I took an updated look at the top contractors of 2013. Let’s return to that subject again using federal contracting data for 2014, using files released just last month by the Federal […]

Congress Cuts Mission Of Understanding To Pay For Machines Of Destruction

For the money that Ratcliffe wants to spend on just one malfunctioning Osprey MV-22, the Open World Leadership Center could operate for over 22 years. […]

Do You Need to Know These Five Things?

“Five Things You Need to Know,” reads the headline from this morning’s USA Today newspaper. What are those five things?

1. Waco police are investigating an incident in which rival biker gangs shot at each other.

2. The American Council of Sports Medicine has released its ranking in which it declares the fittest city in […]

Roll Call: Nearly Half of Congressional Democrats Vote Against Progressive Budget

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on The People’s Budget – a package crafted by the Congressional Progressive Caucus that would lower taxes for working Americans, close loopholes exploited by corporations, increase domestic spending, reduce military waste, and increase federal workers’ wages. The deal was introduced by Representative Keith Ellison on behalf of Raul […]

On Dan Coats, Science, Massaging White Rabbits, And Talking To Football Players

Senator Dan Coats asks us to laugh at the silly study of the benefits of massaging bunny rabbits, but I suggest that we take a step back and actually think about it, rather than just reacting viscerally. […]

Richard Shelby Introduces Constitutional Amendment To Encourage State Of Perpetual War

Yesterday, U.S. Senator Richard Shelby, a Republican from Alabama, proposed a new amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America.

The constitutional amendment introduced through S.J. Res. 9 would allow the U.S. Congress to pass a budget with deficit spending only if the United States is at war.

The amendment is being […]

Are the Real Cures being Hidden because there’s No Money in Alternative Medicine? (Fact Check)

If you spend enough time in alternative medicine forums, you’ll hear a claim like the one William made here today:

“There are cures for Cancer out there but big PHARMA is spending billions to prove that there isnt….because the cures there is no big bucks in natural cures. It all comes down to MONEY…MONEY….MONEY.”

Is […]

Sparse Football Homecoming

The school district for the town where I live spent a huge amount of money to construct a new football field and set of bleachers at the high school. Today came the test. Was the spending worth it? The Homecoming game is taking place right now – traditionally the most popular game of the season. […]

The Economies Of Wars And Walkers

On September 11, 2001, 2,999 people were killed in a terrorist attack. In response to those deaths, the United States has spent trillions of dollars to engage in three separate wars, in addition to bombings from robotic aircraft around the world, has instituted draconian search regimes and a practically omnipresent electronic surveillance system, and set […]