There is no ‘right’ v ‘left’: it is Trump and the oligarchs against the rest | Robert Reich

The president is the puppet master so Americans of all persuasions must look behind him, to where the real danger lies I keep hearing that the Democratic party has moved left and that Democratic candidates may be too far left. But in an era of unprecedented concentration of wealth and political power at the top, I cant help wondering what it means to be left. A half-century ago, when America had a large and growing middle class, those on the left sought stronger social safety nets and more public investment in schools, roads and research. Those on the right sought greater reliance on the free market. But as wealth and power have concentrated at the top, everyone else whether on …

Trump wants to give 62 cents of every dollar to the military. That’s immoral | Reverend William Barber, Dr Liz Theoharis and Lindsay Koshgarian

A budget shows our values more clearly than any tweet, campaign speech, or political slogan Donald Trump recently unleashed his dark vision for our nation and our world, in the form of his every taxpayer dollar, in other words, 62 cents go to the military and our militarized Department of Homeland Security. (Veterans benefits take another seven cents.) That leaves just 31 cents for all the rest: education, job training, community economic development, housing, safe drinking water and clean air, health and science research, and the prevention of war through diplomacy and humanitarian aid. The budget also cuts billions from non-discretionary anti-poverty programs outside of this $1tn. an extra $174bn for the Pentagon in plain sight by adding it to …