Annual is as annual does

PG has an article today: Prospect of defense cuts looms over Pa. that references some industry sponsored study of potential employment impacts of cuts in defense spending.

Funny thing is that there ought not to be a need for the industry sponsored report… at least for the city.   Mentioned in the past here as an . . . → Read More: Annual is as annual does

Today's Inquiry into English Usage and Basic Mathematics ...

This one’s from the New York Times …

And as the Pentagon confronts the prospect of cutting its budget by about 10 percent over the next decade …

… but you can probably find it in just about any newspaper article discussing the upcoming “budget cuts.”

So, just how deep are these horrendous, army-killing . . . → Read More: Today’s Inquiry into English Usage and Basic Mathematics …

Since You asked…

This is a time of the year when I meet new people or get reacquainted with old friends, and once we run out of the usual “status update” conversation, someone often asks about the economy and the current crisis about the debt ceiling. I’m going to break a self-imposed guideline for this blog, and . . . → Read More: Since You Asked…

The Thing About Earmarks

Ever heard the one about “a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing?”

The congressional earmarks saga is a tale told by charlatans trying to distract you from the Really Bad Stuff.

For those who don’t follow this stuff closely, here’s a simple version of how earmarks work:

1) . . . → Read More: The Thing About Earmarks

If Obama’s Not Serious About Freezing or Cutting “Defense” Spending …

… then he’s not serious about freezing or cutting spending.

Glenn Greenwald elaborates on just how friggin’ big and bloated the US “defense” budget is over at Salon. My shorter version:

The US spends almost as much as the rest of the world combined on “defense.” It spends six times as much as the . . . → Read More: If Obama’s Not Serious About Freezing or Cutting “Defense” Spending …