Tuesday, March 04, 2008

The cost of war

No, I'm not talking about lives lost. I'm talking about money. Read The $2 Trillion Nightmare and tell me George W. Bush isn't the worst President in U.S. history.

Afraid to click? Know that, for what we spend on war each day, we could pay for:

58,000 additional children in Head Start for a year
Pell Grants for 160,000 low-income students for a year
The annual salaries of nearly 11,000 additional border patrol agents
The annual salaries of 14,000 more police officers

Imagine how much we could invest in environmental protection, green energy and incentives for reducing emissions! We could fund universal health care for the uninsured!

On top of that, it is believed that the $2 trillion estimate is too low. With the cost of care for returning veterans, we'll end up paying $3 trillion. For what?

Cross-posted to Chicago Moms Blog