Saturday, July 3, 2010

What could you buy with nine billion dollars a month?

This week, the headline that has stood out most for me was not the loss of a senator, but the continued hemorrhage of this countries blood, sweat, and tears, for a war which is just catastrophically insane.

The CNN posting of Julian E. Zelizer's commentary titled, "How Afghanistan became the ignored war." mirrors much of what I feel and makes me wonder even more about the cost in dollars.

Folks, we cannot treat this expenditure like a gym membership we don't use and refuse to cancel due to the embarrassment accompanied by such a thing. It's a sad analogy, and certainly not something we want to associate with the loss and sacrifice of lives.

As a member of the largest consumer driven economy in the world, I have gained an education that serves me well enough to ask, "What is my money buying me?" 

But instead of stewing in the realm of buyers regret, lets pretend for a moment that we had a choice to take the money for a war we have already lost, and lets use it instead for something that will make a difference at home in a most immediate way.

The latest statistic I've seen is 9,000,000,000 (NINE BILLION) dollars a month for the war in Afghanistan alone. OK....Let's see, what on earth could you buy with such a paltry sum of money?

You could...
  • Start helping states recover their deficits, specifically those who's economies are closest to bankruptcy
  • Start paying teachers, instead of firing them
  • Start to fund more scholarships and grants to students
  • Start providing veterans the health-care benefits they truly deserve
  • Start the largest job creation event since the depression, and start rebuilding this countries infrastructure
  • Start building new power grids that can connect to new power sources
  • Start building huge fields of wind and solar energy farms
  • Start building a viable security system at all points of entry into this country in order to protect ourselves from crazed terrorists
Let's stop blowing shit up, lets stop killing innocents as indiscriminately as we kill the guilty, and lets start taking care of business here in our own damn back yards. The weeds of greed, corruption, selfishness and ignorance are going to choke us to death if we don't start yanking them.

If you want a wake up call, a veritable slap of reality in the face about the ever growing price tag of the wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001, go to http://costofwar.com . It's a pretty informative web site, I especially liked the part where you could see the trade offs. 

California currently has a state deficit of 16,000,000,000 (16 Billion) dollars, it's contribution in tax's towards the war since 2001 has been 132,000,000,000 (132 Billion) dollars and counting.

I have two questions people, what the fuck are we doing, and are we out of our fucking minds?!

Maybe...?

Joe

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