Stimson in the News

2012 Stimson report is cited by Barney Frank in the Free Press

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There is voter suppression going on and it isn’t mainly at the polls. It’s out among us, in offices and cafes, at dinner parties and social events. It’s growing out of the prevailing belief that the U.S. Congress is bought by big money and that the rest of us with our little voices don’t count.

“That is absolutely not true,” said Barney Frank, who served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 32 years as a congressman from Massachusetts.

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The public wants military spending slashed, according to independent surveys.

A 2012 Stimson Center survey showed the public asks for modest cuts, if any, when given a general question about defense spending. 

But when given specific background information, arguments for and against cutting specific programs, and given the authority to make specific military cuts, the public would cut the budget for nuclear weapons by 27 percent, slash ground forces by $36.2 billion, and cut the Afghanistan War fund by 40 percent. And that’s just for starters.

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