The War  

rm_ricop1379 39M
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3/9/2006 12:15 pm

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3/9/2006 1:46 pm

The War

I found this on a message board I visit, thought I would share.

I ran some numbers on a calculator about what the Iraq War has cost us.

Although my figures aren't precise, this is what they reveal:

1) Cost of sealing US-Mexico border - 8 billion to build that huge fence that Congress has discussed;

2) Cost of giving 10,000,000 hybrid vehicle purchasers a $10,000 income tax credit (assuming that tax credit costs the government $3,000 in realized dollars) - 30 billion.

3) Cost of giving the 40 million poorest Americans a $5,000 income tax credit to purchase health insurnance (assuming that tax credit costs the government $1,500 in realized dollars) - 60 billion.

4) Cost of giving the 100,000 poorest schools in this country $500,000 to use for education - 50 billion.

Total cost = $148 billion.

So, is it safe to say that for about 1/3 of what it cost to fight in Iraq, we could have given health insurance to the poor (without requiring a social program to do so), sealed the border, put 10 million hybrids on the road (car manufacturers won't be able to produce anywhere near that for while, btw), and *significantly* upgraded education.

Pretty sad, when you think about it. Not to mention the amount of lives saved by not going to war.

rm_joyet2 66M

3/9/2006 1:33 pm

And you are still left with 300 billion to spend on the environment. and the other less important things in life.

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