Lindsay Koshgarian

Lindsay Koshgarian

Lindsay Koshgarian directs the National Priorities Project at the Institute for Policy Studies.

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The Pentagon budget is more than 100 times the budget of the Centers for Disease Control. (Photo by NurPhoto/Corbis via Getty Images) Views
Monday, July 20, 2020
Americans Overwhelmingly Support Cutting the Pentagon to Support Our Real Needs
The United States is a world leader in new coronavirus cases, unemployment remains sky-high, and COVID testing and protective gear for health workers are scarce once more. But this week, instead of sending desperately needed help, Congress will debate sending $740 billion to the Pentagon. In 2019,...
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At more than $740 billion this year, the Pentagon budget is more than 100 times the budget of the CDC—and more than 1,800 times the U.S. contribution to the World Health Organization that the president has promised to cut. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, July 16, 2020
Cut the Pentagon 10 Percent, Invest in Public Health
It feels like the world is falling apart. But with a pandemic raging and an eviction crisis looming , the Senate is preparing to spend three quarters of a trillion dollars… not on public health or housing, but on the Pentagon. The United States may be going down, but we’re going down well-armed...
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Trump also chose to extend tax cuts that favor the wealthy at a further cost of $1.4 trillion over 10 years. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, March 04, 2020
Remember Trump’s Choices: War, Walls, and Wall Street
The 2020 presidential campaign is well underway, and it’s noisy. Candidates make promises, break promises, offer assurances, and spin the news constantly. What’s one way to get a clear look at their priorities? In the case of a sitting president, by looking at their budget proposals. And when...
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"We will not allow a new war to break out," writes Koshgarian. "Call your members of Congress and tell them to immediately pass legislation revoking the president’s blanket war authority and reclaiming war powers for Congress alone." (Image: Common Dreams / CC BY 3.0) Views
Thursday, January 09, 2020
We Must Stop War With Iran. Here's What You Can Do Today.
America moved to the edge of war after Present Trump authorized a military strike to kill Iranian military leader Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani in Baghdad, an act that drove Iranians to retaliation. The military action to kill Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani was dangerous, illegal and possibly untruthful...
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Together with common-sense cuts to runaway overhead costs, and by rolling current Pentagon health care costs into a universal health plan, we easily get more than the $300 billion needed for Medicare for All. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
It’s Our Choice: Medicare for All, or Endless War?
If you’re following the presidential race, you’ve heard plenty of sniping about Medicare for All and whether we can afford it. But when it comes to endless war or endless profits for Pentagon contractors, we’re told we simply must afford it—no questions asked. Where can we find it? In a giant pot...
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Lifelong peace activistFrances Crowe (center), who died last week at the age of 100, presents the Frances Crowe Award to Arky Markham (left) and George Markham (right) at the 2003 NPP fall party. Views
Monday, September 02, 2019
Remembering Frances Crowe (1919-2019)
Last week, Frances Crowe, the lifelong peace and anti-nuclear activist (among other causes), passed away. She was 100 years old, and she estimated that she’d been arrested for civil disobedience at least 100 times . Frances devoted her life to ending war. She was still leading protests in her...
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Saturday, June 22, 2019
No War With Iran
We’re dangerously close to an all-out war with Iran — and it makes absolutely no sense. President Trump is waffling on whether to take military action against Iran in reaction to the downing of a U.S. drone in the Gulf of Oman this week, an incident about which not all the facts are known. This...
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There’s no good reason for 12 cents out of every tax dollar to go to multi-billion dollar corporations, or to pad the pockets of wealthy CEOs.(Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Tuesday, April 09, 2019
For Military Contractors, Tax Day Is Pay Day
In tax season, most of us think more about getting our forms in on time—and getting our refunds—than about where our tax dollars actually go. It’s probably no surprise that a significant portion—24 cents out of every dollar—of your taxes go to the military. But where those dollars go from there...
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‘The United States has been addicted to excessive military spending at the expense of true security at home for decades.’ Photograph: Andrew Gombert/EPA Views
Thursday, March 28, 2019
Trump Wants to Give 62 Cents of Every Dollar to the Military. That's Immoral
Donald Trump recently unleashed his dark vision for our nation and our world, in the form of his budget request to Congress . A budget shows our values more clearly than any tweet, campaign speech or political slogan. It’s what marries detailed, dollar-and-cents policy decisions to deeper political...
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Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Trump's $174 Billion Budget Lie
Over the past week, the Trump administration put out their proposal for the federal budget for fiscal year 2020, which starts in October of this year. With this budget, Trump is trying to have his cake and eat it too: he wants to claim that he’s adhering to strict spending limits favored by deficit...
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