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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 […]

House of Representatives Defends Big Government Spending On Fossil Fuels

Jackie Speier introduced an amendment to H.R. 2609 that would have saved money by taking 30 million dollars in extra government payments to oil, gas, and coal corporations. […]

Do American Soldiers Need Multibillion Dollar Night Lights?

What if Mike Turner is right? What if America’s fighting men can be caused to crumple into psychological breakdown as a result of the lack of proper mood lighting? […]

Group In Congress Wants To Force Spending On A Moon Colony

Outer space is nearly infinite. It isn’t as if Portugal will gain all the mineral rights to other planets if the United States waits a while. […]

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. […]

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. […]

Congress Cutting Gardens, Keeping Wasteful Military Spending High

Republicans 188 and 25 Democrats voted to cut the Botanic Garden budget. 41 Republicans and 152 Democrats voted against the cuts. Why should there be a partisan divide on an issue of gardening? […]

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. […]