Wednesday, September 26, 2007

What can you do with $190 Billion (yes billion)?

No this is not the plot for the next Austin Powers movie. That's the amount the SecDef is asking for to keep fighting the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. And that's just the 2008 budget, which you know they'll exceed and come back to ask for supplemental funding around next June. This will bring the total amount spent on the 2 wars to $610 billion over 6 years.

Now you may say, so what? Let me put it these terms

* $190 billion in 2008 means $63,093.59 for each American
* $610 over 6 years mean $337,606.05 for each American

So let me ask you, what do you think you could have done with $337,606 over 6 years? Or, even better, can you use an extra $63,094 next year? Don't even try to compare that to the miserly 2-8% salary action your boss gives you.

All calculations based on US population of 301,139,947 (July 17th 2007 est)

Finally, to those who think I am a Bush hater, weren't we promised the Iraqi oil money would pay for the war? hmmmmm