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So far, the United States has spent a grand total of approximately $139,744,240,000 on the war in Iraq, not counting indirect costs or human lives.


That's roughly $474 for every man, woman, and child in the United States. You know, I could kind of use that money right now.

Or, put another way, that is:
- Enough money to build 69 space stations, with sufficient money left over to double the size of the Space Shuttle fleet;
- Enough money to give full college scholarships to 3,493,606 college students;
- Enough money to multiply the Federally-funded programs on AIDS and cancer research by 46 times, with enough left over to double the amount of health insurance subsidies available to low-income citizens;
- Enough to multiply Federal law enforcement and anti-terrorism budgets by a factor of five, with enough left over to double the number of guaranteed student loans;
- Enough money to increase the budget for national parks and wildlife preserves by two hundred and sixteen times;
- Enough money to rebuild every single interstate and US highway in the entire country, with enough left over to pay the salaries of 305,690 new police officers (at salaries two percent higher than the national average);
- Enough money to give every single schoolteacher in the country a $22,000 a year raise;
- Enough money to multiply the total national budget for education by two times, with enough money left over to double the budget for the EPA and double the budget for the National Science Foundation and pay for another Space Shuttle and triple the senior citizen prescription drug benefit;
- Enough money to clean up every single Superfund environmental site, with enough left over to double the Veteran's Administration fund and wire every public school and library to the Internet.

I wonder if the war on Iraq represents the best value for that money.


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Oct. 12th, 2004 09:03 pm (UTC)
You oughtta run for office. I'd vote for ya.
Oct. 13th, 2004 07:23 am (UTC)
Re: Office
Geez, now why would you wish something like public office on me??! What did I do to deserve that? I wouldn't wish public office on someone I don't like.. like, I dunno, George Bush or someone. :)
Oct. 14th, 2004 01:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Office
Forgive me, you're right. How thoughtless of me!

Besides, being pressydent is some hard work I hear reckon!
Oct. 12th, 2004 09:35 pm (UTC)
No. No, it isn't. But--
I can't think of a single "but," so I'm going to link to this post, if you don't mind.
Oct. 13th, 2004 07:25 am (UTC)
By all means, be my guest!
Oct. 12th, 2004 11:57 pm (UTC)
Buying the world a coke would represent a better use of that money.
Oct. 13th, 2004 07:23 am (UTC)
Now THAT is funny. True, and funny.
Oct. 13th, 2004 05:07 am (UTC)
Not to mention, most of this money spent is now debt that we'll be paying the interest on for the rest of our lives (probably even you Alcor folks).
Oct. 13th, 2004 07:25 am (UTC)
Yep. There's a bit of irony here...that amount of money almost exactly matches the size of the national budget surplus that existed when Clinton left office. *sigh*
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