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77 Democrats Sacrifice Medicare To Protect Military Spending

The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 as passed by the House of Friday preserves spending on extravagant weapons program that the Pentagon says it doesn’t want. It keeps open redundant military bases that are not strategically necessary. The money to pay for this wasteful military spending is being taken from older Americans, by reducing their health care benefits. [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

Senate Candidate Wants Cuts In Defense And Homeland Security

Jesse Johnson doesn’t have to be accountable to corporate demands because he’s not taking corporate money to support his campaign. [...]

Cut Spying On Americans, Cut The Deficit

Cut the funding for the Director of National Intelligence to pay only for constitutional spying against America’s true foes, and the American people will be much better off. [...]

The Need to Feel Safe is a Bottomless Pit

A letter-writer responds to someone who suggests cutting the military budget to better satisfy “domestic needs”:

Personally, I have a domestic need, as most other people do, to feel safe within my own country, unafraid of attack from without – and filling that need is not without cost.

Too right that is. According to the [...]

Judd Gregg Wants Loopholes for Ski Poles

There’s one bit of legislative action by Senator Gregg that you won’t be able to read about in any press release from Senator Gregg’s office. It has to do with ski poles. [...]

39 Dems, 24 GOP Vote To Continue Military Waste

When the vote was cast, it became clear that fighting wasteful military spending is not a clearly partisan issue. 39 Democrats, 24 Republicans and 1 independent voted against cutting the unwanted C-17 planes from the military budget. [...]