Miriam Pemberton

Miriam Pemberton is a research fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies. She co-chairs the Task Force on a Unified Security Budget with Lawrence Korb of the Center for American Progress.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 8:46am
The Budget Wars: The Congressional Progressive Caucus is Ready for Paul Ryan
Though the champions of Fix the Debt are now on the run , proponents of the grim-and-tired “We’re broke, we can’t afford it” line of argument continue to throw their weight around our federal budget debates.
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Friday, December 20, 2013 - 8:30am
Demilitarizing the Economy: A Movement is Underway
End wars. Shrink the Pentagon budget. Reinvest the savings in neglected domestic priorities. It’s a logical progression. Right?
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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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Friday, February 22, 2013 - 12:30pm
Sequestration Broadly Is Terrible Policy, But Our Military is Overdue for Downsizing
This strange animal called sequestration is certainly wreaking havoc with our customary ideological boundaries.
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Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 3:02pm
Defense Budget: Ripe for Reductions
Here we are on brink of a major historical moment. We're beginning to wind down the longest period of war in our history. And we're about to turn around a 13-year-long surge in Pentagon spending.
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Monday, September 10, 2012 - 10:41am
A Glimmer of Military Budget Sanity
Here's a milestone of sorts. In July, for the first time since 1998, the House of Representatives voted to maintain the current military budget rather than increase Pentagon spending.
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Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 1:41pm
Top 10 Myths of the Jobs Argument Against Military Cuts
Members of Congress, led by the team of Senators McCain, Graham and Ayotte, are touring military contracting plants, bases and defense-dependent communities this summer raising the alarm about “sequestration.” This is the part of the current budget deal that will force $1.2 trillion in across-the-board cuts to federal spending, unless Congress comes up with the same amount of money some other way.
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Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 1:15pm
New Economy Transformation: Obama Budget Won't Help
The last decade’s surge in military spending has pushed military contracting deeper into the foundations of our economy. Reversing this process, and transferring the savings to support the green economy, are necessary components of the project to build the new economic foundation we need.
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Monday, January 9, 2012 - 8:21am
Obama's New Military Strategy Doesn't Add Up
President Barack Obama ordered up yet another strategic review last year. This one explicitly aimed at bringing the nation's military posture into line with something we can afford.
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Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 8:30am
Military Spending is the Weakest Job Creator
Even before the supercommittee’s demise, the defense industry and its Pentagon and congressional allies were making preemptive strikes on the next phase: the automatic cuts, half of them from defense, that are supposed to follow the supercommittee’s failure. And with national unemployment rates stuck near 9 percent, the effect of these cuts on jobs has loomed large in their sights.
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