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January 18, 2011

“It Just Doesn’t Make Sense”

Filed under: 25% solution, economics, New Priorities — Tags: , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 12:03 pm

We don’t usually quote Ron Paul a lot, but this little talk he gave about military spending last May just makes so much sense that it’s no wonder he and Barney Frank and the New Priorities Network and and the Progressive Democrats of America are in agreement.

January 12, 2011

Drastic Cuts In Military Spending

Filed under: 25% solution, New Priorities — Tags: , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 7:42 am

If you want “drastic cuts,” don’t buy into the shell game Defense Secretary Gates is operating.  He just wants to move money from one unnecessary weapons system to another.  For real reform, look at  We can do better.

November 2, 2010

Lose The ROTC!

Filed under: 25% solution, New Priorities — Tags: , , , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 5:11 pm

When one wonders about cutting the military budget by 25% to provide funds for our communities, ROTC has to come to mind.  It is a gigantic operation at universities, colleges, and high schools across the land.  It militarizes our educational system and dilutes its academic standards.  Years ago the Ivy League schools stopped giving it course credit because it was so mindless and now offer it as an extracurricular activity like the frisbee club or humor magazine.  Worse yet, it costs so much money.  This year’s budget sets aside $1.328 billion for it.  Worse yet, it uses up three times the budget of the Peace Corps ($446 million).  And most people would agree that the Peace Corps does more good for this nation than ROTC.  A far more efficient way to create military officers is to send competent college graduates to OCS.  It is a path that has been proven over many years.

October 22, 2010

The British Budget Cuts And Our Security

Pay close attention to what’s going on in the UK.  The relatively puny cuts in military budgets there will mean larger cuts in domestic programs, and if the Republicans win on November 2, we can expect attacks on Social Security here. And even if the GOP doesn’t win, the Catfood Commission will probably avoid military cuts and endorse cuts to Social Security.  We need the 25% solution. Paul Krugman today in the Times ( also talks about the Brits misguided program which seems to be getting its advice directly from Andrew Mellon.—wi_b_771570.html?ref=email_share

October 16, 2010

Tell The Catfood Commission What You Think

The President’s Deficit Commission (popularly known as the Catfood Commission)  has been hearing from organizations and experts since April.  Now, as they begin their deliberations, they need to hear from all of us:

1.  Don’t extend the tax breaks for the wealthiest households.  These tax cuts were the largest contributor to the deficits that accumulated between 2001 and 2007.  Not extending them will save $1 trillion over the next 10 years,

2.  Cut Pentagon spending substantially.  This is the “25% solution.”  Use the recommendations of the Sustainable Defense Task Force to bring Pentagon spending in line with what our nation actually needs and can afford.

3.  Invest in programs that create jobs, assist those hardest hit by the recession, and take care of our elders – on whose shoulders we stand – and children – who will create our future.

Do not try to the cut the deficit by cutting social security and medicare.

Tell your neighbors how you feel, and tell the Commission.  E-mail them at

October 14, 2010

Frank/Paul “Dear Collegue Letter” Arrives

Fifty-five members of Congress signed the letter written by Barney Frank and Ron Paul calling on the Catfood Commission to recommend drastic reductions in military spending.  If you recall, when President Obama set up this Alan Simpson-led deficit commission, he said cuts in military spending were off the table.  Frank and Paul say that if there aren’t such cuts, we’ll never pull out of our domestic nosedive.

September 22, 2010

Medicaid Ranks Swell As Jobs Disappear

Filed under: 25% solution, economics, Medicare — Tags: , , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 6:41 am

Requests for help from Medicaid have grown 56% in the last ten years as more and more families and seniors reach out for help.  It makes a good case for the 25% solution – funding our communities by cutting military spending – and Medicare For All – a health system free of the profit motive.

September 5, 2010

Maine Needs Those War Dollars

Filed under: 25% solution — Tags: , , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 5:21 pm

This is a slide show about schools in Maine closed by budget cuts and small businesses killed by a crashing economy.  Bring those war dollars home!

August 28, 2010

Meet The War Profiteers

Filed under: 25% solution — Tags: , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 6:10 am

This is the first of a series of articles called “Call Them Out” about who the war profiteers are, how they live, and how they control our government.  This article  focuses on Stephen Lorenger, CEO of ITT, a major “defense contractor,” among whose products is the bomb release mechanism for drones.  Included is a list of Congressional beneficiaries of their campaign spending.

August 25, 2010

Strike Up The Band

Filed under: 25% solution — Tags: , , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 5:58 am

Walter Pincus of the Washington Post has been looking at military bands.  We have hundreds of them.  Easily more than 6000 members drawing salaries above $50,000/year plus health care, housing, dependents care, etc.  It is said we pay more band members than Foreign Service employees.  It may be time to pipe down.

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