Thursday, March 6, 2008

$500,000,000,000

That's what the Iraq War has cost so far, according to the National Priorities Project. As the site mentions, that's about $4,100 per household devoted exclusively to the war, and about $275 million per day. In other words, a huge chunk of change has been spent, resulting in chaos (which may well be the intention of the perpetrators), around 4,000 troops killed, 60,000 wounded, and depending on the estimates, somewhere in the neighborhood of 700,000 to over 1,000,000 Iraqis killed.

Although I don't live in the OKC area, I do know folks who do, and here's what their share of the war has cost them:
604,043 People with Health Care OR
1,013,620 Homes with Renewable Electricity OR
31,750 Public Safety Officers OR
26,880 Music and Arts Teachers OR
238,358 Scholarships for University Students OR
111 New Elementary Schools OR
17,265 Affordable Housing Units OR
638,735 Children with Health Care OR
204,708 Head Start Places for Children OR
28,130 Elementary School Teachers
Food for thought.

Note: Apologies for the sloppy typing on the title initially - as I said, I've been pretty swamped lately. Updated and bumped.

No comments:

Post a Comment