Lindsay Koshgarian

Lindsay Koshgarian

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

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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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Sunday, January 13, 2019
Longest Shutdown Ever: This Is Bad Governance
It’s day 22, and this government shutdown is officially the longest in American history.
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The U.S. military budget is more than $200 billion higher than it was 30 years ago. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, December 26, 2018
A Point of Holiday Agreement: Stop Wasting Money on the Pentagon
In this season of (hoped for) peace and goodwill, it’s worth looking for things our divided country can agree on. And since all of us want to be able to trust government to spend wisely, we might find common cause in a surprising place: the Pentagon budget. When you think of politicians railing...
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Saturday, December 15, 2018
Nine Things to Buy with $5 Billion Instead of a Border Wall
On Thursday Congress passed a stopgap funding measure to keep parts of the federal government open until December 21, when Congress must pass another spending measure or again face a government shutdown. President Trump has said that he will veto any bill that doesn’t give him the $5 billion he has...
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"The relative costs of war compared to diplomacy are horrifying." (Photo by Kevin Lim/The Strait Times/Handout/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Diplomacy Is Better Than War in North Korea
Today’s historic Singapore Summit, the first meeting of a U.S. president and North Korean leader, has been knocked for too many concessions by the U.S. But against a backdrop of possible nuclear war, it would be overly cynical not to recognize the meeting’s potential for good. At best, the meeting...
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