TOM H. HASTINGS – It is long past time to really pare down the DoD budget. We should not have sophisticated weaponry all over the Earth, under the seas, and in space while families are living in tents in the snow on sidewalks and while health care is still not available to all. Can we unite for peace and prosperity?
State of the Union Address Shows Us Reality and Surreality
DR. TOM H. HASTINGS – I hope the vast majority of us are paying enough attention to get serious about upholding what is good and helpful for us. The devils are hyperactive in the details but, as we heard and saw, they reveal to all of us what they are willing to do if we are at all apathetic about it. As Edmund Burke reminded us, all that is necessary for evil to triumph is good people do nothing.
Commercial Defrauding of Uncle Samâ€”Biggest Booming Business
RALPH NADER – Corporate fraud against the U.S. governmentâ€”which occurs no matter which party is in powerâ€”costs taxpayers billions of dollars per year. Neither Congress nor the White House has met this challenge of titanic corruption which should become a major campaign subject in the coming elections.
When Countries Increase Their Military Budgets, They Decrease Public Health Spending
PEACE SCIENCE DIGEST – One key argument against military spending is that it â€œcrowds outâ€ government spending in public health. The evidence is mixed. Some argue that increased military spending has indirect but positive effects on public health â€” whether through the diversity of military expenditures or other â€œgrowth-stimulatingâ€ effects. Others suggest that there is a trade-off between military and public health priorities because government spending is constrained by limited resources. Using sophisticated statistical techniques, this article examines whether a causal relationship exists between military spending and public health spending.
Why So Many Journalists Are Clueless About the Bernie 2020 Campaign
NORMAN SOLOMON – Mainstream journalists routinely ignore the essential core of the Bernie 2020 campaign. As far as theyâ€™re concerned, when Bernie Sanders talks about the crucial importance of grassroots organizing, he might as well be speaking in tongues. Mainstream journalists routinely ignore the essential core of the Bernie 2020 campaign. As far as theyâ€™re concerned, when Bernie Sanders talks about the crucial importance of grassroots organizing, he might as well be speaking in tongues.
New Analysis Shows Why Democrats Are Wrong to Fear Bold Embrace of Medicare for All
JULIA CONLEY – “November’s election results show that universal, higher-quality, lower-cost health care through Medicare for All is all moral upsideâ€”without political downside.”
The American Way of War Is a Budget-Breaker
WILLIAM D. HARTUNG – Never has a society spent more for less.
Message from Sen. Merkley About Military Spending
JEFF MERKLEY – This letter is a reply from Sen. Jeff Merkley to PeaceWorker Editor Peter Bergel in response to Bergelâ€™s request that Merkley support major cuts to the military budget during the upcoming â€œfiscal cliffâ€ debate, rather than allow cuts to social security, medicare, or other remaining components of the safety net. Letâ€™s hold Merkley to this encouraging approach.
Obama Touts Transparency but Negotiates Secret Trade Deal
LORI WALLACH – On Sept. 6, as President Barack Obama promised jobs and transparency in his Democratic National Convention acceptance speech, his top trade officials were cloistered in conditions of extreme secrecy at the Lansdowne resort in Leesburg, Va., negotiating a massive â€œtradeâ€ agreement that will promote more U.S. job offshoring and ban Buy American procurement preferences.
Government Health Care OK For Politicians But Not Us
JESSE JACKSON – Republicans on the campaign trail denounce Obamaâ€™s health-care reforms as a virtual threat to the Republic. Itâ€™s â€œsocialized medicine,â€ â€œa job killer,â€ â€œa government takeover of health care.â€ All the Republican candidates for president promise to repeal it, and Republican legislators are virtually united in trying to do so.