Mattea Kramer

Mattea Kramer is a research analyst at the National Priorities Project in Northampton, Massachusetts and co-author (with Chris Hellman) of the new book, A People's Guide to the Federal Budget.

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Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 11:29am
The Pentagon's Phony Budget War
Washington is pushing the panic button, claiming austerity is hollowing out our armed forces and our national security is at risk. That was the message Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel delivered last week when he announced that the Army would shrink to levels not seen since before World War II.
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Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 7:21am
Don’t Deck the Halls for This One
Channeling the spirit of the holiday season, key lawmakers managed to set aside dysfunction and take the first step in a small budget deal for the 2014 fiscal year.
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Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 11:06am
Shutting Down Americans: The Government Shutdown in Perspective
On a damp Friday morning 11 days into the government shutdown, a “few dozen” truckers took to the Capital Beltway in a demonstration with the Twitter hashtag #T2SDA (Truckers to Shut Down America). They wanted to tell lawmakers they were angry, launch an impeachment campaign against the president, and pressure Congress to end itself.
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Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 9:44am
Beating Swords Into Solar Panels
A trillion dollars. It's a lot of money. In a year it could send 127 million college students to school, provide health insurance for 206 million people, or pay the salaries of seven million schoolteachers and seven million police officers. A trillion dollars could do a lot of good. It could transform or save a lot of lives. Now, imagine doubling
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Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 12:18pm
How America Became a Third World Country (2013-2023)
The streets are so much darker now, since money for streetlights is rarely available to municipal governments. The national parks began closing down years ago. Some are already being subdivided and sold to the highest bidder. Reports on bridges crumbling or even collapsing are commonplace.
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Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 5:08pm
A Tax Day Plan for Righting the Republic
After heroic feats of arithmetic and a your-guess-is-as-good-as-mine interpretation of opaque rules and guidelines, millions of Americans will file their taxes by this Monday, April 15th. Then there’s the bad news.
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Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 12:10pm
'Homeland Security': The Trillion-Dollar Concept That No One Can Define
Imagine a labyrinthine government department so bloated that few have any clear idea of just what its countless pieces do. Imagine that tens of billions of tax dollars are disappearing into it annually, black hole-style, since it can’t pass a congressionally mandated audit.
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Monday, November 12, 2012 - 12:30pm
Washington’s Fiscal Cliff Notes
They don’t call it the "cliff” for nothing. It’s the fiscal spot where a nation’s representatives can gather and cry doom. It’s the place -- if Washington is to be believed -- where, with a single leap into the Abyss of Sequestration, those representatives can end it all for the rest of us.
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Monday, October 1, 2012 - 8:23am
Tough Talk for America: A Guide to the Presidential Debates You Won’t Hear
Five big things will decide what this country looks like next year and in the 20 years to follow, but here’s a guarantee for you: you’re not going to hear about them in the upcoming presidential debates.
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - 8:22am
Washington, Are You Listening?
Patrick Pylvainen grew up in a small town outside Minneapolis. The Minnesotan college student has seven siblings, so he borrows money for his tuition — Stafford loans from the federal government, plus loans from private banks that require interest payments while he's still in school. Now, those more affordable federal loans are in jeopardy.
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