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brentspeak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 07:16 PM
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How many taxpayer $$ per day are Iraq/Afghanistan efforts totally wasting -- any specific numbers?
Edited on Mon Jan-25-10 07:18 PM by brentspeak
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Clio the Leo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 07:43 PM
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1. And how much would it cost us if we stopped?
.... perhaps the more important question.
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Jeff In Milwaukee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 09:01 PM
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4. TOTAL COST X Percent Waste = Total Dollars Wasted
Good luck to the OP coming up with a definition of "waste" in this regard and then applying a percentage to it.

I don't mean to be snarky, but these blanket statements (bet me that the OP will respond "100% WASTED") get a little tiresome after a while.

That's not to say that the economic benefit of getting out of those countries would not be helpful at this time.
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latebloomer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:12 PM
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2. check out
Edited on Mon Jan-25-10 08:14 PM by latebloomer
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amborin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 08:21 PM
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3. $57,000 per minute, mother jones
Edited on Mon Jan-25-10 08:29 PM by amborin
$57,077.60. That's what we're paying per minute. Keep that in mindjust for a minute or so.

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Women and men from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, will be among the first to head out. It takes an estimated $1 million to send each of them surging into Afghanistan for one year. So a 30,000-person surge will be at least $30 billion, which brings us to that $57,077.60. That's how much it will cost you, the taxpayer, for one minute of that surge.

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On the other hand, given the woeful inadequacy of that "safety net," we might have chosen to direct the $30 billion in surge expenditures toward raising the average individual monthly Food Stamp allotment by $70 for the next year; that's roughly an additional trip to the grocery store, every month, for 36 million people.

Alternatively, we could have dedicated that $30 billion to job creation. According to a recent report issued by the Political Economy Research Institute, that sum could generate a whopping 537,810 construction jobs, 541,080 positions in healthcare, fund 742,740 teachers or employ 831,390 mass transit workers.

For purposes of comparison, $30 billionremember, just the Pentagon-estimated cost of a 30,000-person troop surgeis equal to 80% of the total US 2010 budget for international affairs, which includes monies for development and humanitarian assistance. On the domestic front, $30 billion could double the funding (at 2010 levels) for the Children's Health Insurance Program and the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

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