Sanders was one of a number of critics who saw the Monday announcement that the White House won’t treat the settlements as illegal as another attack on the Palestinian people.
— Read on www.commondreams.org/news/2019/11/18/trump-pandering-his-extremist-base-israeli-settlements-says-bernie-sanders
Why has the Republican Party become so thoroughly corrupt? The reason is historical — it goes back many decades — and, in a way, philosophical. The party is best understood as an insurgency that carried the seeds of its own corruption from the start.
The Pentagon’s “Base” Budget: The Pentagon’s regular, or “base,” budget is slated to be $544.5 billion in Fiscal Year 2020, a healthy sum but only a modest down payment on total military spending.
As you might imagine, that base budget provides basic operating funds for the Department of Defense, much of which will actually be squandered on preparations for ongoing wars never authorized by Congress, overpriced weapons systems that aren’t actually needed, or outright waste, an expansive category that includes everything from cost overruns to unnecessary bureaucracy.
— Read on popularresistance.org/the-us-is-spending-1-25-trillion-annually-on-war/
When official enemies can be presented as evil and allies as sympathetic victims, corporate media will be very interested in a story.
— Read on fair.org/home/the-revolution-isnt-being-televised/
“We need sanity when crafting America’s budget priorities, and more and improved nuclear weapons defies common sense. President Trump wants nothing more than to cut Medicaid, Head Start, and affordable housing programs, but has no problem wasting hundreds of billions of dollars on new nuclear weapons that could undermine deterrence and make us less safe. The SANE Act cuts nuclear weapons and delivery systems that we don’t need so we can invest in the people and programs that will make America safe and prosperous in the future.”
— Read on www.markey.senate.gov/news/press-releases/senator-markey-and-rep-blumenauer-reintroduce-legislation-to-cut-75-billion-from-bloated-nuclear-weapons-budget
“You cannot promote the rule of law by loudly bragging about committing murder. You cannot end terrorism by committing terrorism. Here is a U.S. president openly proclaiming that he has committed murder in order to let people be afraid they’ll be next. If anything fits the definition of terrorism, that does. The U.S. public cannot see it because (1) whatever the U.S. does is good, (2) Trump’s fans support anything he does, (3) loyalists of the Democratic Party believe that any crimes Barack Obama committed can never be crimes even if Trump commits them. But this crime is not just accepted; it’s a point of pride — a way to feel superior to other countries that have not murdered any terrorists or even created any terrorists to murder.”