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Covid and the Military

H Patricia Hynes Submitted to Portside by the Author
Since the inception of the pandemic, the Washington consensus assured that major weapons makers, such as Lockheed Martin and Raytheon would receive payment in advance of work.

Coming Soon: Bipartisan Deficit Hawks Calling for Austerity

Ari Rabin-Havt Jacobin
people waiting in line Right now, government money is flowing. But soon the self-appointed guardians of “fiscal responsibility” will call for cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and SNAP, while leaving the defense budget and large tax breaks for the wealthy intact.

‘Never in my country’: The COVID-19 Pandemic and US exceptionalism

Jeanne Morefield Responsible Statecraft
The overseers of the Pentagon’s $1 trillion military budget. Realizing how fast our healthcare system is overwhelmed should trigger demands for deep sustained cuts in an engorged security budget. But the obscene cost of the world’s military hegemon exists on the edge of most Americans’ self-understanding.

Tidbits - Mar. 12, 2020 - Reader Comments: Coronavirus Pandemic and GOP Attack on Social Security, Medicare, CDC; Three-Fourths of Democratic Delegates Still to be Voted On; Sanders, Biden, Warren; Coronavirus Factsheet in 20 Languages; more....

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Reader Comments: Coronavirus Pandemic and GOP Attack on Social Security, Medicare, CDC; Three-Fourths of Democratic Delegates Still to be Voted On; Sanders, Biden, Warren; Coronavirus Factsheet in 20 Languages; more resources, announcements;

Will Trump Ride Pentagon Spending to Reelection?

William D. Hartung Tom Dispatch
Donald Trump bets on arms sales big time. His use of Pentagon spending and military assistance for political gain has been hiding in plain sight since he entered the Oval Office. New budget sees this as a potential key to victory in November.
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