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dipsydoodle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-05-06 04:40 AM
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Cost of war on terror / US Citizen
Very magnanimous of all of you - see below. $1500 / person - I'd have thought there were more worthwhile charities

Washington, Aug 4 (Prensa Latina) The administration of President George W. Bush has spent enormous capital on its wars in the Middle East and is now using legal tricks to disguise the outlay, experts warned.

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In the last five years, the crusade against terrorism has squandered colossal sums of money, which represent nearly 1,500 dollars per each US citizens, from the national public funds, Adams pointed out.

Full article : http://www.plenglish.com/article.asp?ID={BED39DA5-2F41-... )&language=EN

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Bush Squanders Billions on Wars

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checkmate1947 Donating Member (150 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-05-06 04:52 AM
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1. All of that is good \, However
money can be replaced, 2600 souls lost to this crap shoot can never be replaced
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wurzel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-05-06 07:35 AM
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4. That money cost lives too.
How many have died because that money was not put in the health care system?
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converted_democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-05-06 05:30 AM
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2. I wish we had a way to earmark the taxes we pay so they didn't go toward
this crap.. I'd pay double my tax rate if it went to things that brought help instead of harm..
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acmejack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-05-06 07:06 AM
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3. Not With Their Money
This can't be the home of a 47-year-old practicing physician. It sits in the middle of a poor East Austin neighborhood, fitting in nicely with the other slightly tattered rent houses on its block. The front porch steps could use some paint, and the wood siding would benefit from an overhaul.

The house's plain interior contains a dining table with six mix-and-mix chairs. A garage-sale brown sofa with cat-scratched arms anchors the living room. It's the home of Dr. Paula Rogge, an emergency room physician. A house where prostitutes have solicited visiting friends before they could get out of their cars. Where Rogge's bedroom was converted from a large storage closet. And where her schoolteacher roommate chips in with half the rent.

Rogge's 1980 Toyota, parked on the street, is paid for. She has no mutual funds, IRA, or retirement plan. Today she wears the same clothes she wore yesterday, along with worn, black basketball shoes. Once, while serving as a doctor at the Eastside Family Practice, she asked that her salary be lowered to $100 a week.

http://www.austinchronicle.com/issues/vol18/issue32/xtr...
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