Monday, March 03, 2008

The War - What's Your Contribution?

I posted from this site in the past - thought considering the $3 Trillion War, it was a good time to bring it back. The National Priorities Project lets us know what states are putting towards the war, instead of, oh, I don't know, taking care of people or the earth, to just name two other areas we might want to focus money at some point.

For my town (it's not a state, just a taxed without representation town) of DC - these are our numbers:
Taxpayers in District Of Columbia have paid $2.2 billion for the Iraq War thus far. For the same amount of money, any one of the following could have been provided:
574,075 People with Health Care
3,969,705 Homes with Renewable Electricity
37,453 Public Safety Officers
38,186 Music and Arts Teachers
1,038,619 Scholarships for University Students
140 New Elementary Schools
7,792 Affordable Housing Units
707,075 Children with Health Care
307,402 Head Start Places for Children
38,186 Elementary School Teachers OR
19,156 Port Container Inspectors

For my home state of Oregon - the costs are $4.2 billion for the Iraq War thus far. For the same amount of money, any one of the following could have been provided:

856,047 People with Health Care
3,955,275 Homes with Renewable Electricity
86,757 Public Safety Officers
70,956 Music and Arts Teachers
720,745 Scholarships for University Students
395 New Elementary Schools
26,044 Affordable Housing Units
1,187,398 Children with Health Care
629,803 Head Start Places for Children
71,789 Elementary School Teachers OR
72,829 Port Container Inspectors

Now remember, these numbers represent ONLY Iraq War funding approved as of now. Add in the 2008 approval request, and these all get shot to hell. For instance, Taxpayers in Oregon will pay $535 million for additional proposed Iraq War spending for FY 2008 and $1.1 billion for projected Iraq War Spending for FY 2009.

Leaves you with a nice, warm, fuzzy feeling all over, doesn't it.


Anonymous Mark said...

Hard to believe the idiots haven't been impeached yet.

8:16 PM  
Blogger Karlo said...

Truly. To think of the infrastructure that could have been built. This really leaves me feeling bitter to think that so much of our money has gone to this war simply because Bush and some others needed some way (another way) to pass our hard-earned money on to billionnaires.

12:23 PM  

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