Classic Question in the Background

Update: The Republican ‘repeal and replace’ healthcare bill is withdrawn for lack of support. The question in the Capitol chamber, not addressed as it should be, is “guns or butter”. The nation’s priorities being set in spending appropriations and funded social programs will continue to be a skirmish in a war over real security…


“Guns or Butter” case study


54 Billion proposed to add to the Pentagon budget + supplemental war spending + security state spending


The ‘Real Defense Budget’ (as explained by Steve Clemons)

(Note: In the DC “new definitions of national security conference” organized by the Green Institute/GP360 in 2006, the Strategic Demands founders asked Winslow Wheeler to put together a more comprehensive view of the Pentagon budget. The resulting presentation was given to the attendees and presenters including Steve Clemons. Here (in 2012), Steve continues this larger picture view of defense spending. Other elements including ‘supplemental war spending’ and not-made-public spending, so-called ‘black budgets’ of security state agencies, would need to be included in this wrap-up for a more complete picture.)


Straus Military Reform Project

National Priorities Project





Healthcare Vote / March 23, 2017





Donald J. Trump



House Speaker Paul Ryan



California Governor Jerry Brown




Associated PressThe Republican health overhaul bill in Congress would cut federal payments for low-income health coverage in California by an estimated $6 billion in 2020 and more than $24 billion in a decade, Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration said Wednesday in Washington DC.

In the state of California’s first detailed analysis of the bill’s impacts on Medi-Cal, state officials said lawmakers would eventually have to decide whether to spend additional money on the program that provides health coverage for the poor.



Freedom Caucus / Swing Vote



Mark Meadows



Jim Jordan



If AHCA Doesn’t Drop Costs, Caucus Won’t Vote For It



Vice President Pence Meets with the ‘Freedom Caucus’ / March 23rd


Vice President Mike Pence paid a visit to the Freedom Caucus, a group of far-right Congressmen, to stir up support for President Trump’s new health care bill on Thursday.

The new bill would involve quite a few concessions, such as basic health care services, drug and mental health treatment, wellness checkups, ambulances and maternity and newborn care.

Social media users noticed something off about the photo of the men who met to discuss these massive changes that could take place.

There is not a single woman in the shot.