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Every Budget Under Assault

Wednesday, 18 May 2011 09:34 By Matt Renner and Maya Schenwar, Truthout | Message
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Every Budget Under Assault

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) speaks at the Economic Club of New York, May 9, 2011. In the speech, delivered ahead of a second round of debt limit negotiations on Tuesday, Boehner said that Republicans would insist on trillions of dollars in federal spending cuts in exchange for support of an increase of the federal debt limit. (Photo: Yana Paskova / The New York Times)

Dear Readers,

Right-wingers are holding the budgets for national programs hostage. Everything from public broadcasting to health care for the poor and sick is on the chopping block. This crackdown comes as we pour money into wars of choice, give subsidies to our socialized oil companies and spend billions to keep more of our population in prison than any other country.

We at Truthout strive to keep you informed of the day-to-day and big-picture events that are shaping this reality. But as we work together to change the media landscape - as well as the consciousness of our country and our world - we also struggle to keep our bottom line intact.

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Maya Schenwar

Maya Schenwar is Truthout’s Editor-in-Chief. Her book, Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better, will be out from Berrett-Koehler Publishers in November. Follow her on Twitter: @mayaschenwar

Previously, she was a senior editor and reporter at Truthout, writing on US defense policy, the criminal justice system, campaign politics, and immigration reform. Prior to her work at Truthout, Maya was contributing editor at Punk Planet magazine. She has also written for the Guardian, In These Times, Ms. Magazine, AlterNet, Z Magazine, Bitch Magazine, Common Dreams, the New Jersey Star-Ledger and others. She also served as a publicity coordinator for Voices for Creative Nonviolence. Maya is on the Board of Advisors at Waging Nonviolence.

Matt Renner

Matt Renner is Director of Development and Communications at Truthout.

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