FDL Book Salon Welcomes William Blum, America’s Deadliest Export: Democracy—the Truth About US Foreign Policy and Everything Else

By: Saturday February 8, 2014 1:59 pm

William Blum would be a national treasure if outgrowing nationalism weren’t part of the process of learning from William Blum.

William Blum would be president if we had any sense.


Congress Jamming $607 Billion Defense Bill Through Before Christmas

By: Tuesday December 10, 2013 7:03 am

It’s that time of year again, when important bills are quickly rushed through Congress and people are told there is no time to think about it. So it was yesterday that the final version of the Defense Bill was unveiled with backers telling everyone there is no time to debate.

Late Night: Does This Caulk Gun Make Me Look Short? Your Tax Dollars at Work

By: Tuesday November 20, 2012 8:00 pm

The Pentagon spends a lot of money on stuff that sucks–like bombs and drones. And drones with bombs. But seriously, spending $70 billion (yes, that’s with a B!) on stuff like.

The Military Spending Cut Scare

By: Tuesday September 18, 2012 1:18 pm

There are several ways in which this is misleading. First, “defense” here means military, whether or not defensive. Second, “cuts” in Washington-talk includes reductions in a budget from one year to the next, OR reductions from a desired dream-budget to a less-desired budget, even one that is an increase over last year’s. For the past 13 years, military spending has grown to levels not seen since World War II.

It’s over half of federal discretionary spending, and as much as the rest of the world combined. The Pentagon’s budget grew each year George W. Bush was president and the first three years that Barack Obama was president. It is being cut by 2.6% this year, not the 9% used to calculate a portion of that $46.5 million figure. If the mandated cuts mentioned above go through, the Pentagon will still be spending next year more than it did in 2006 at the height of the war on Iraq.

In addition, military contractors have been bringing in more federal dollars while cutting jobs. They employed fewer people in 2011 with bigger contracts than in 2006 with smaller ones. So the logic of bigger contracts = more jobs is essentially a bucket of hope and change.

Military Spending Doesn’t Equal Military Strength

By: Saturday September 1, 2012 5:00 pm

One of the great themes in American politics involves national security. Right-wing hawks argue that America must increase military spending to protect itself from its enemies. This is a very common theme, and it works. America spends five dollars on military spending for every dollar that China (ranked #2 in military spending) does. It spends ten dollars for every dollar on the military that Russia (ranked #3) spends.

But this doesn’t mean that America will win the next big war.

Guess What % of Americans Know Military Spending Is Increasing

By: Saturday July 28, 2012 5:00 pm

And keep guessing some more, because pollsters are unlikely to ask that question.

A year and a half ago, a poll found that Americans drastically underestimate how high U.S. military spending is.

This fits with consistent polling showing slim majority support for cutting military spending, but strong support for major military cuts when the people polled are told what the current budget it.

Is This What We Are Wasting All That Money to Protect Ourselves From?

By: Friday April 13, 2012 2:40 pm

Yesterday North Korea decided to test one of the long range missiles and the result was a disaster for the despots ruling the small impoverished country. The rocket disintegrated soon after it launched. In a rare public admission of failure, the North Korea government admitted the satellite on the rocket had been destroyed.

Looking at Our Budget and Our Actual Needs

By: Friday April 6, 2012 8:30 am

If you are truly worried about the budget deficit, which is an idiotic thing to actually be worried about at a time of incredibly low government borrowing rates and high unemployment, the place to start would be looking at the basic outline of the federal budget.

Money to Give: How Defense Contracts Exacerbate and Perpetuate Our Deficit Woes

By: Wednesday February 16, 2011 3:09 pm

We don’t have a deficit problem, we have a corruption problem that happens to increase our deficit.

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