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  • $550 Billion Annually Will Avert Most Serious Impacts of Climate Change, says IRENA
    June 29th, 2014

    IRENA Press Release, June 27th, 2014: The transition to a sustainable energy future will require, on average, $550 billion investment in renewable energy per year until 2030, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) said at the Renewable Energy Finance Forum (REFF Wall Street) in New York this week. The investment, coupled with increased emphasis on energy efficiency, would scale-up renewable energy to 36 percent or more of the total energy mix globally by 2030, and put CO2 emissions on a 450ppm path, keeping the global temperature increase at an acceptable threshold, according to the Agency’s new report, REmap 2030. Continue Reading…

  • The Navy’s 2014: Subs, Cyber, & Cheap Support Ships
    January 17th, 2014

    Breaking Defense, January 6th, 2014: The Navy, is, hands down, the service in the best shape for 2014. Every act of belligerent idiocy from Beijing – and there’ve been a lot of them lately – makes the Navy budget an easier sell. In stark contrast to the Army, the Navy has the central role in the new Pacific-focused strategy, a high-tech threat justifying high-cost programs, a highly visible role in peacetime engagement around the world, and, perhaps most crucial, a clear set of missions. Continue Reading…

  • How Much Money Would It Take to Eliminate Poverty In America?
    October 1st, 2013

    Matt Bruenig, The American Prospect, September 24th, 2013: It would take only 1 percent of GDP, or a fourth of what we spend on defense every year, to lift every American below the poverty line up above it. Continue Reading…

  • US Arms Sales Make Up Most of Global Market
    August 28th, 2012

    New York Times, August 27th, 2012: Weapons sales by the United States tripled in 2011 to a record high….more than three-quarters of the global arms market, valued at $85.3 billion in 2011. Continue Reading…

  • Paul Ryan’s Fairy-Tale Budget Plan
    August 17th, 2012

    Mr. Ryan professes to be a defense hawk, though the true conservatives of modern times… would have had no use for the neoconconservative imperialism that the G.O.P. cobbled from policy salons run by Irving Kristol’s ex-Trotskyites three decades ago. These doctrines now saddle our bankrupt nation with a roughly $775 billion “defense” budget in a world where we have no advanced industrial state enemies and have been fired (appropriately) as the global policeman. Continue Reading…

  • MBTA Budget Crisis: It’s Not About Scarcity
    March 29th, 2012

    Boston Occupier, March 13th, 2012: each year the US government wastes close to a trillion dollars (that’s one thousand billion!) on wars and other military spending. Such military spending necessarily means that legitimate public needs like public transportation (as well as healthcare and education) go neglected. There is a direct line to be drawn from the great sucking sound of the Pentagon budget, to the screeching breaks of trains that have not been replaced since the 1960s, when US bombs rained down mercilessly on Vietnam (rather than, say, on Iraq or Afghanistan). Continue Reading…

  • We’re already paying a ‘War Tax’ at the gas pump
    March 25th, 2012

    Dorchester Reporter, March 8th, 2012: We’re paying extra for gas because of rising tensions in the Middle East and especially the scare over a possible US or Israeli attack on Iran. In effect, we’re paying a “war tax” at the gas pump, and the cost will only get higher unless we put aside the talk of war and get down to serious diplomacy. Continue Reading…

  • Cleveland Passes New Priorities Resolution
    February 29th, 2012
    On February 27 the Cleveland City Council passed a strongly worded resolution calling for Pentagon spending cuts and bringing our tax dollars home to struggling Ohio communities. The vote was 18 to 1. The resolution was modeled on those of 15 other U.S. cities, including Portland ME, Durham NC, Binghamton NY, Los Angeles, Richmond and San Francisco CA. Click here to download resolution copy.

  • The Apocalyptics
    January 11th, 2012

    Foreign Policy in Focus, January 10th, 2012: this might be one of the last chances to do a behind-the-music look at the Republicans who want to rock the White House and the world.…who exactly has been writing the lyrics for The Apocalyptics? Continue Reading…

  • Apple, Google, Microsoft Sitting on 58 Billion in Overseas Profits, Blackmailing US to Avoid Taxes
    June 29th, 2011

    Apple, Google, Microsoft Sitting on 58 Billion in Overseas Profits, Blackmailing Us to Avoid Taxes
    http://www.alternet.org/module/printversion/151413

    By Les Leopold, AlterNet

     

  • Detroit Town Hall for Good Jobs Now
    June 29th, 2011

    Speak Out: For Good Jobs Now – Rebuild the American Dream

    Speak Out: For Good Jobs Now – Rebuild the American Dream

    Speak Out: For Good Jobs Now – Rebuild the American Dream

    Speak Out: For Good Jobs Now – Rebuild the American Dream

    Speak Out: For Good Jobs Now – Rebuild the American Dream

    Monday, June 27, 2011 during the “Speak Out: For Good Jobs Now – Rebuild the American Dream” event featuring Representatives Keith Ellison (MN- CPC Co-Chair), John Conyers (MI), Hansen Clarke (MI), Marcy Kaptur (OH), and Rev. Jesse Jackson at the Historic King Solomon Baptist Church located in Detroit, MI. Photos by Leona McElevene, State Coordinator, Michigan Progressive Democrats of America (PDA)

    View full sized photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/pdamerica/sets/72157626941615269/

     

  • Strapped States Curb Spending on Safety Net
    June 6th, 2011

    Wall Street Journal, June 4th 2011: Together, 33 states have an aggregate $75.1 billion of projected budget gaps in the coming fiscal year, after closing nearly $230 billion of shortfalls from 2009 to 2011.  Continue Reading…

  • New Evidence on Public Pensions and States’ Budget Crises
    May 24th, 2011

    May 20th, 2011: [T]oday’s pension funding gap of $1 trillion has been caused all along by politicians diverting pension plan contributions to cut business taxes and for spending elsewhere. Continue Reading…

  • It’s Time to Bring Our Troops Home
    May 24th, 2011

    Huffington Post, May 19th, 2011: We have spent over $1.3 trillion on the security of Iraq and Afghanistan while at home, America’s cities are struggling to balance their budgets and maintain needed public services….The federal government could provide crucial support by downsizing our commitment to Afghanistan and redirecting resources toward local economies. Continue Reading…

  • “Include the People’s Budget,” Congresspeople tell Obama
    May 13th, 2011

    Forty-one Members of Congress have signed a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to include the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) leadership in ongoing bipartisan budget negotiations.  The CPC People’s Budget proposal is the only budget introduced that eliminates the deficit and generates a surplus by 2021. By contrast, the House Republican budget increases the deficit by $6 trillion in the same timeframe, and adds more than $1 trillion in tax breaks for millionaires and corporate special interests.

    Over the past several weeks, the People’s Budget has received praise from economists and financial experts across the political spectrum. Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman called it “genuinely courageous,” and noted that it “achieves this without dismantling the legacy of the New Deal.” The Washington Post writes, “The Congressional Progressive Caucus plan wins the fiscal responsibility derby thus far.” Economist Jeffrey Sachs labeled it “A bolt of hope…humane, responsible, and most of all sensible.” The conservative Economist magazine dubbed it “the courageous Progressive Caucus budget.” A coalition of think tanks also recently rated it the most responsible budget introduced.

  • We Got Osama bin Laden, Now Let’s Get Out of Afghanistan
    May 11th, 2011

    Daily Kos, May 10th, 2011

    100,000 troops on the ground in Afghanistan is not what’s going to make us safer from terrorism…. That’s why the People’s Budget fully funds our withdrawal and puts the rest of the savings into reducing the deficit and rebuilding America. Continue Reading…

  • After OBL: McGovern/Jones Push for Real Withdrawal Plan
    May 10th, 2011

    Huffington Post, May 6th, 2011

    The bipartisan legislation is unique in that it carries with it the prospect of a roll call, in which every member of the House will have to choose a side: open-ended war in Afghanistan, or a clear plan for military withdrawal? Continue Reading…

  • Calls Grow for Afghan Pullout
    May 4th, 2011

    Boston Globe, May 4th, 2011

    Osama bin Laden’s death fueled demands yesterday for a hastened drawdown of US forces in Afghanistan, despite warnings that a rapid withdrawal could lead that nation into chaos. Continue Reading…

  • With bin Laden’s death, U.S. sees a chance to hasten the end of the Afghan war
    May 4th, 2011

    Washington Post, May 4th, 2011

    The Obama administration is seeking to use the killing of Osama bin Laden to accelerate a negotiated settlement with the Taliban and hasten the end of the Afghanistan war, according to U.S. officials involved in war policy. Continue Reading…

     

  • Bin Laden is Dead. Can We Go Home Now?
    May 3rd, 2011

    War Times, May 2nd, 2011

    Now that Osama bin Laden has died in Pakistan, no possible justification remains for the U.S. war in Afghanistan, let alone Iraq. Continue Reading….

  • A Radical Plan for Cutting the Defense Budget and Reconfiguring the U.S. Military
    May 2nd, 2011

    Foreign Policy, April 26th, 2011

    Estimated annualized savings resulting from withdrawals from overseas garrisons and restructuring the United States’ forward military presence: $239 billion. Continue Reading….

  • Panetta Comes Armed With Background in Budget Fights
    April 28th, 2011

    New York Times, April 28th, 2011

    Leon E. Panetta is set to take over leadership of the Defense Department while the United States is fighting on three fronts, but he was selected for the job in no small part because his war at home will be with Congress over the Pentagon budget. And in that battle, defense budget analysts said Wednesday, he comes unusually well armed. Continue Reading…

  • Costly inheritance: How to tackle the triple root of US debt that has been passed to us
    April 27th, 2011

    Linda Bilmes, Boston Globe, April 27th, 2011

    [W]e cannot restore the country to solvency without also facing up to the unpleasant siblings of income inequality and military overstretch….We spend $600 billion per year on the “base’’ military budget — but anything we ask it to do — like fighting wars or distributing humanitarian aid — costs extra. It’s like having a fire department that charges extra if your house catches on fire. Continue Reading…

  • Military Officers Lay Out “A National Strategic Narrative”
    April 27th, 2011

    A Navy captain and Marine colonel, with top-level blessing, are proposing to shift from “hard power” to invest in education, health, and social services plus the sustainable use of natural resources. Whatever you think of their pitch for “smart power,” divisions are emerging among U.S. elites, and we need to make the most of the opportunity. As they said on NPR’s “On Point” April 26: “There are lots of strategies out there [so we decided] we don’t need a strategy, we need a story that would resonate across America.”

    That’s a good imperative for us. Meanwhile, read their paper at http://www.wilsoncenter.org/events/docs/A%20National%20Strategic%20Narrative.pdf

  • How to Save a Trillion Dollars
    April 26th, 2011

    Time Magazine, April 14th, 2011

    For too long, an uninterested and distracted citizenry has been content to leave the messy business of national defense to those with bottom-line reasons for force-feeding it like a foie gras goose. It’s long past time, Ike might have added today, for U.S. taxpayers to demand that its government spend what is needed to defend the country ­ not a penny more. Continue Reading…

  • Oregon labor leaders tell their Congresspeople: end the war and rebuild our communities
    April 22nd, 2011

    “Oregonians have already spent more than $3 billion on the war, and there is no end in sight,” said this tax day letter from 13 state labor leaders. “President Obama’s proposed 2012 budget includes devastating cuts that impact the poor and working class—from low income home heating assistance to community service block grants to Pell grants—while allocating another $107 billion to continue the war in Afghanistan.”

  • Deficit Debate Ignores War, Labor Leaders Speak Out
    April 20th, 2011

    LA Progressive, April 19th, 2011

    As longtime labor leader Bob Muehlenkamp points out, three columns in the Washington Post, totalling 2,853 words, completely ignore the trillions spent on the Long War in discussing the deficits. It’s ridiculous to claim to be a deficit hawk and a war hawk at the same time. Continue Reading…

     

  • A Vote on the People’s Budget is a Vote on the Wars
    April 9th, 2011

    Daily Kos, April 14th, 2011

    The Congressional Progressive Caucus People’s Budget would end emergency war funding beginning in FY 2013. Furthermore, the People’s Budget would cut the “base” military budget (that is, the “not for the current wars” or “future wars” military budget.) Continue Reading…



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