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March 10, 2011

“That’s Where The Money Is”

Filed under: New Priorities — Tags: , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 2:52 pm

Our co-editor Jane Dugdale has sent this letter to the editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Dear Editor:
Senators facing a budget deadline may be looking for an “agreement that would
target the big-budget programs that drive up federal debt, including Medicare
and the military,” but tax-payers need to know that these two “big-budget
programs” are hardly comparable. Medicare, like Social Security, another target
of “deficit hawks,” is not part of the discretionary budget, as is military
spending, because — remember?– Medicare and Social Security have their own
revenue streams. Yes, unlike military spending, they take in revenue instead
of just spending it.

Only military spending is part of the discretionary budget that the spending
bills actually address, and according to the non-partisan National Priorities
Project, military spending now grabs $1.2 trillion of our tax dollars. Yes,
trillion. It is because of this huge chunk of spending that “nondefense
domestic discretionary programs… make up only 12 percent of federal spending.
” Senators are trying to cut fat from bare bones by focusing on
“nondefense domestic” spending alone for budget cuts.

Willie Sutton was famously asked, “Why do you rob banks?” and he famously
answered, “Because that’s where the money is.” Why should military spending be
on the cutting table? Because that’s where the money is.

Jane Dugdale
284 S. Roberts Rd.
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
610 527 4170

March 8, 2011

$1.2 Trillion A Year For Defense – Or Is It $1.3 Trillion?

Filed under: 25% solution, New Priorities — Tags: , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 10:15 am

Chris Hellman of National Priorities wrote this article for TomGram.  He knows his  ways around the federal budget, and what he found out about military spending is going to amaze you.

November 5, 2010

Obama: Get Tough!

Filed under: economics, elections — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 6:22 am

There are plenty of things Obama can do in the next two years to advance the progressive agenda and get this country going again, and they don’t need congressional help or votes or blessings.  The first thing to do is clean house.  Get rid of people like Tim Geithner who are more concerned with Wall Street than Main Street.  Then use the regulatory powers you already have.  Enforce the new rules for banks.  Make sure the new health law gets going to help sick people. Crack down on oil and coal companies that are wrecking our environment.  Get all the old government agencies ticking again – FEC, FTC, FCC, ICC, EPA .  Be the Commander-in-chief who gets our troops and our treasure out of Iraq and Afghanistan and a thousand bases around the world.  In other words, act more  like the head of the executive branch and less like a prime minister.  Yes you can.

July 9, 2010

Sustainable Defense Task Force Report

Filed under: 25% solution — Tags: , , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 6:35 am

Reps.  Ron Paul and Barney Frank organized a Sustainable Defense Task Force to figure out how to drastically cut military spending by the American government.  Click here for the whole 56-page report.  It proposes a saving of one trillion dollars over the next ten years, a cut of 25%.  All the details are here.

June 13, 2010

Barney Frank’s Task Force

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 6:08 am