Available for radio on Clinton's budget priorities - IPA FWD

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Tue, 2 Feb 1999 11:29:36 -0800 (PST)


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FWD  2 Feb 1999
Subject: Available for radio: On Clinton's budget

Institute for Public Accuracy <institute@igc.apc.org>
(202) 347-0020  *  http://www.accuracy.org
915 National Press Building, Washington, D.C. 20045
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Tuesday, February 2, 1999

CLINTON'S NEW BUDGET: BEHIND THE RHETORIC

GREG SPEETER, (413) 584-9556, (413) 247-9251, greg@natprior.org,
http://www.natprior.org
     The executive director of the National Priorities Project,
Speeter said: "The fact that we're looking at increasing the
Pentagon budget by $110 billion over the next five years, at a
time when it ought to be going down, is ridiculous. Our domestic
needs are increasing. We have a child poverty rate of 20.8
percent according to the Census Bureau. Drinking water systems
that serve more than 50 million Americans violate health
regulations and standards. The GAO says that 30 percent of our
schools are in need of extensive repairs. Over 40 million
Americans have no health insurance. We have a shortfall of 5
million low-income housing units. Forty-six percent of the jobs
with the most growth, like cashiers and waitresses, pay less than
half a livable wage." Speeter is author of the report "Are You
Winning or Losing? How Federal Choices Affect You and Your
Community."

MARK ZEPEZAUER, (520) 320-5105
     The author of "Take the Rich Off Welfare," Zepezauer said:
"We're doling out hundreds of billions of dollars every year to
huge corporations and wealthy individuals. The Overseas Private
Investment Corporation finances multinational corporations' risky
investments abroad, where the taxpayer guarantees their dealings,
so they get a bailout if things don't go well for them in the big
bad free market. The Agriculture Department is ponying up money
for McDonald's and Pillsbury to advertise their products
overseas. Other major beneficiaries of the budget include the
timber, ranching, mining and nuclear power industries."

MARILYN CLEMENT, (215) 563-7110, (215) 627-9077,
wilpf2@wilpf.org, http://www.wilpf.org
     The executive director of Women's International League for
Peace and Freedom, Clement said: "The military contractors are
desperate for more money to keep their profits soaring far into
the next century -- that's why we have these scares about the
supposed inferiority of U.S. weapons.... We don't need new attack
submarines costing $13 billion; the same amount would provide
health insurance for the 11 million uninsured kids in America.
Thirty-nine new F-22 fighter planes costing $7 billion would
allow 1.7 million children to benefit from Head Start."

WILLIAM HARTUNG, (212) 229-5808 ext. 106, (212) 678-2356,
hartung@newschool.edu, http://www.worldpolicy.org/arm
     A senior fellow of the World Policy Institute at the New
School for Social Research and author of "The Military-Industrial
Complex Revisited," Hartung said: "Spending on military
procurement from now to 2005 will increase by 53 percent while
the boost in salaries and benefits for personnel is only 22
percent. Readiness and the troops are the bait, but the
administration is slipping the bulk of the funds to the military
contractors. This increase is not a response to threats in the
world, it's a response to perceived political threats to Clinton
and Gore. They have stolen yet another issue from the
Republicans."

For more information, contact at the Institute for Public
Accuracy: Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020 or (202) 332-5055; David
Zupan, (541) 484-9167

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