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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

1.2 Trillion Dollar Lie

Latest estimates are stating that the Iraq war is going to cost up to 1.2 trillion dollars but still the fiscally insane conservatives continue to propagate their gung-ho attitude towards a war that the American people and the American military personal just do not want. All throughout the country people are suffering from low wages and unemployment, higher costs in health care and extreme escalation in education costs and they are told there is “no money.” The same excuse rattles of the lips of the fiscally insane that there is just no money to pay for social programs and infrastructure but meanwhile they propose tax cuts. Brilliant idea, wage a war and then give tax breaks to those who are prospering, while the rest of the country falls down the economic ladder.

Imagine what 1.2 trillion dollars can do for you. How much does that equate to if we gave that money to every person in the state of Vermont? (1,926,009 dollars, based on 623,050 people) How much for every citizen of the country? (3,986 dollars based on 300,988,114 people). That is an alarming figure, so what can the fiscal conservatives claim is the rational? There are so many worthwhile causes that are in need of financial resources, but too many people have been victimized by the deceptive neo-conservative and neo-liberal agenda. What is the cost in your community?

The 1.2 trillion dollar cost is a conservative estimate and does not include money already spent on weaponry, health care for returning vets or the costs to replenish the equipment destroyed in the war. Also failing to be accounted for is other wasteful measures such as the “Star Wars” missile program that this President wants to continue or the continued devolvement and testing of nuclear munitions.

President Eisenhower had fore-warned the nation to beware of the “Military Industrial Complex” and that my friends has bringing out the downfall of American democracy. Whole industries rely on the continue need and demand for war. The same people calling for the war are the same ones profiting for the war. Companies such as Halliburton have enriched the coffers of their stakeholders while their corporate friends like Rupert Murdoch and his Fox broadcasting distract you on frivolous news about the latest fashion trends or OJ Simpson’s latest book. They have corrupted democracy and things will not change until you demand it.

So while the numbers of deaths keep escalating on American troops to over 3,026, the mere financial costs and the thirty-four thousand Iraqi's died just from last years violence I duly question the rational of every American politician who does not call for an immediate end to the war. The meaningless condemnations of the President are weak and allow the continue demise of the country. When will someone in Congress or the Senate take the bold initiative and remove funding from this war? It is costing each one of us dearly and not another American should die for a war based on a lie.

Robb Kidd

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.” President Dwight D. Eisenhower


At January 31, 2007 6:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This can't be right @ 100,000 troops in Iraq on average thats $12,000,000 spent per troop??

Or $40,000 per Iraq citizen??


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