military spending

Taming The Beast

The main cause of our ongoing economic crisis—which is perhaps finally starting to slowly wane—is too much private debt. After the elimination of financial-industry regulation by Republican and Democratic governments, Wall Street got rich by acting as a middleman, lending Asian and Middle Eastern money to people who could not possibly repay their debts. Borrowers—workers with stagnant or declining incomes—bought too many houses, cars, big-screen televisions, and other toys that they really could not afford. The festival of mindless, unsustainable lending ended in global economic collapse.

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Sojourners Magazine August 2010
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Revolving-Door Injustice

David Cortright calls for realism in his excellent “How to Rid the World of Nuclear Weapons” (May 2010), but he hardly mentions the role our war industry/military/congressional alliance plays in maintaining unnecessary levels of military armaments. For example, the National Nuclear Security Administration recently proposed building a new nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Its capacity would be 50 to 80 new weapons per year.

Is anyone else tired of electing people to the minor leagues (Congress) to get training to become a major leaguer (corporate lobbyist)? How many voters would favor a law that prohibits retired federal legislators and military from going to work for the war industry, where the big salaries are? How about reducing corporate lobbying power and creating public funding for all federal elections?
Bob Rundle
Knoxville, Tennessee

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Sojourners Magazine August 2010
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To Cut the Deficit, Cut Military Spending

It’s the largest federal budget in history. President Obama’s 2011 budget totals $3.8 trillion and contains a deficit of $1.3 trillion. The president’s priorities are clear: jobs and the military. Many people are deeply concerned about the rapidly growing deficit.

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Sojourners Magazine April 2010
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