Monday, July 26, 2004

Cost of War

Are you familiar with the Cost of War counter?

(I've just added one to Tsuredzuregusa.)

As I write this, the money that Bush has looted from American taxpayers to squander on his illegal invasion of Iraq has just topped $127,554 MILLION dollars.

To put that number in perspective, it could have hired 2,372,522 additional public school teachers across the country.

So far, Virginia's share of the cost has surpassed $3 BILLION dollars. With that money, we could have hired 59,222 new teachers in Virginia -- or 1,017 teachers in Richmond alone. We could have likewise used that money to provide full, 4-year university scholarships to 78,863 Virginia students.

The US could have fully funded the global anti-hunger program for 5 years. Stop and think about that. Not a single man, woman or child would have to go hungry anywhere on this planet for a full five years.

But instead, we are killing Iraqi civilians and American service people so that Bush, Cheney, Halliburton and the Carlyle Group can make a quick buck.

Check out the Cost of War website--by the time you look, the figures I have quoted above will be obsolete.

How would you feel about adding a cost of war counter to C101 as well?

Here is another way to put those big finance numbers in perspective.