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09/26/2007 09:36 PM ID: 65190 Permalink   

Brothers, Can You Spare 190 Billion?


US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is scheduled to appear before a Senate committee to testify for the request of 189.3 billion dollars to fund the War On
Terror for 2008.

The amount is 42.3 Billion dollars greater than the Bush Administration estimated when it prepared its 2008 budget request in February. The increase is in part due to covering the increased cost of maintaining the "surge" into 2008.

Other costs are to buy more mine-resistant vehicles for US soldiers.

It should be noted that this budget is only for the costs of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The administration's 2008 base defense budget totals a
separate $481 billion.

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Another more than half a TRILLION dollars towards killing people (and that's just for one year). Can you imagine how great our country would be if we put that towards education and health care?
  by: elderban99     09/26/2007 10:18 PM     
  How many toilets does it takes to flush $190B?  
Give up? Just one. Its called Iraq!

Sadly the money would probably be better spent actually flushing it down a toilet. At least that way nobody would die from it.
  by: slavefortheman     09/26/2007 10:29 PM     
and all the while the national debt is $8,999,896,581,440.62 (9 trillion dollars); as of yesterday, 103.4 million from national AMEX cards limit...

but wait they can always print more off... lol
  by: havoc666     09/26/2007 11:02 PM     
  so you print $190bn monopoly money  
And not to tax the fvck out of the taxpayers. (If that's the way they're going).

Now the ink is barely dry on the notes and we're going to hand it down to corporations and contractors who in turn will spend it.

You weren't involved in Halliburton, but because of them and companies like them, $481bn of unearned money just entered circulation.

Do you think the dollar in your bank will have more or less buying power? Think it through; it's not a trick question.
  by: redstain   09/27/2007 01:23 AM     
  Making someone rich  
This latest installment request is equal to over $6,800 for every man, woman and child in Iraq. So far we are at about $16,500 per person in Iraq. Interestingly, most are still dirt poor, have little or no water or electricity and live in fear for their lives and the lives of their families. Ok, I have got to get back to my taxes now...
  by: yourown   09/27/2007 02:13 AM     
  Looking at it another way  
That's about $633 for every man, woman and child in
the US. Imagine if that was spent on education,
medication, or maybe even a playstation for everyone
in America so they don't have to watch foreign wars to
get their jollies. I'm just sayin'...
  by: Mister crank     09/27/2007 02:54 AM     
  With that kind of money  
Just think... with only the "extra" my college could fix everything that was wrong, construct all the needed housing units, upgrade the campus center and still hae enough to pay for our room board ad dergees all the way up to a doctorate.

Sorry I'm feeling a little bitter my student aide was cut.
  by: jaded fox     09/27/2007 10:43 AM     
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