Jo Comerford: Cashing in the War Dividend

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Democracy Now!
Oct. 21, 2009

Eight is (More Than) Enough: End the Wars!

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“Cashing in the War Dividend”: As Healthcare Reform Limited by Deficit Concerns, Military Spending Continues to Grow

As lawmakers hash out the final details of legislation to reform the nation’s healthcare system, one of the key questions is: How much will it all cost, and how will it affect the federal deficit? While $900 billion over ten years may sound like a hefty price tag, it is a mere fraction of this country’s spending on the military, which is expected to grow by at least $133.1 billion over the next decade. [includes rush transcript]

Jo Comerford, executive director of the National Priorities Project. Her latest article is available at TomDispatch.com. It’s called, Cashing in the War Dividend: The Joys of Perpetual War.

ANJALI KAMAT: On Capitol Hill, lawmakers are hashing out the final details of legislation to reform the nation’s healthcare system. And one of the key questions is: How much will it all cost, and how will it affect the federal deficit?

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