Category U.S. Economy
William Astore: Is Democracy Going Down?
“Pentagon spending is expected to exceed $7.3 trillion over the next decade. Never in the field of human conflict has so much money been gobbled up by so few at the expense of so many.”
US reliance on defence contractors led to mission failures: Study, Costs of War
“The stunning Taliban victory last month in Afghanistan is drawing attention now to even graver consequences: the extent to which the US reliance on contractors may have heightened the difficulties of the Afghan security forces.”
Survival at 100 Seconds to Midnight and Biden Cutting the Military Budget
Perhaps most important of all, [Biden’s] bringing the U.S. back into the Paris climate accords, signaling an understanding that a planetary crisis demands planetwide measures and that the largest carbon-emitting economies should be leading the way. “This isn’t [the] time for small measures,” Biden has said. “We need to be bold.”
What’s on Polly Mann’s Mind? Shame on the Congress
“If people would refuse to support, fund, kill, or participate in the process, there would be no war. We need to reset and have a fresh start.”
Henry Giroux: Why it is dangerous to use the language of war about COVID-19
“For Trump, saving the economy is more important than saving lives. As ‘warriors’ the American public is being told to support this new battlefield strategy…”
Matt Taibbi: Bailing Out the Bailout
“The Trump administration just bought this undead economy at retail prices and committed the Fed and the Treasury to sustaining it.”
Democracy Now! April 2 Coronavirus Global News Roundup
“A report in The New England Journal of Medicine published in late January warned asymptomatic people can spread the coronavirus, and the finding has informed public policy worldwide for weeks.”
United States Still Largest Weapons Exporter in the World
“US as gun runners; that’s what we have come to. So sad. The military-industrial-congressional-complex.”
Joseph Stiglitz: Trump’s “Trickle-Down” Economic Plans Are Not Enough to Meet Coronavirus Challenge
“Trump’s package will only benefit 20 percent of workers.”
Oil Reserves By Country 2019
What country has the most crude oil reserve?
Legalized Political Corruption Is So Much Bigger Than Trump: A Journey in 7 Charts
The separation of governmental powers into three branches has become a fiction nullified by a veritable corporate coup d’état.
America the Failed State, by Chris Hedges
“We’re in surplus production in almost every area. But there is a terrible distribution system where people around the globe suffer and die from starvation.
Tomgram: Making Sense of America’s Empire of Chaos
Donald Trump would have been inconceivable as president without those disastrous wars, those trillions squandered on them and on the military that’s fought them, and that certainly qualifies as “impact” enough.
Although 2 Out of 3 Americans Oppose Increasing US Military Spending, the US Government Is Boosting It to Record Levels
Current public opinion on military spending has a clear partisan dimension.
The Deadly Rule of the Oligarchs by Chris Hedges
Oligarchs use power and ruling structures solely for personal advancement.