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How Much is Bush's War Worth to You?

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Seriously. Let's just add the charge to everybody's taxes next year, a nice little line-item. Total costs of the war in Iraq will soon be $500 billion, to date, and with 100 million Americans filing tax returns each year (the actual number is somewhat higher, but for the life of me I can't find it), that comes to about $5000 a taxpayer. (And I'm just talking about the actual up front defense costs - the real cost of the war is estimated at $2 trillion dollars, that's four times what we're paying for the defense side of it, so that makes the real cost to taxpayers around $20,000.)

We're paying for it anyway, why not put it in our tax returns so that we're forced to see exactly how much the Republicans' little patriotic venture in Iraq is costing every American taxpayer. Most Americans have no idea what the costs of this war are, in lives, in money, in national prestige. But the one thing we can show, quite personally, is the cost in dollars.

The Iraq war is the biggest tax increase in American history. I'd love to see someone amend the tax code and require a line-item on all of tax forms adding $5,000. Then see how long the war goes on for.


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Comments (11)

Heralder:

We're paying for it anyway, why not put it in our tax returns so that we're forced to see exactly how much the Republicans' little patriotic venture in Iraq is costing every American taxpayer.

Those venti skim caramel mocha frappucinnos will just never get less expensive will they?

It's possible that this "patriotic little venture" could have positive results for someone other than himself, so I can see why he would be so upset about it.

Did the writer also figure out how much blood and money the Democrats' little patriotic venture to Vietnam cost us? I guess we didn't get little line items on our tax returns for 60,000 American lives.

Publicus:

Heralder --

Agreed. We need to pay for ALL our wars. This might dissuade us from fighting extraneous battles, and get us to fight ONLY when it is necessary. Of course, there wasn't much Republican opposition to the war; Nixon managed to drag it out though his own resignation.

Nonetheless, whoever is responsible for the war, Americans should pay for them. If Americans aren't willing to pay for a war, they don't really support it, and it shouldn't be fought.

civil behavior:

The question was asked........How much is Bush's war worth to you? (me)


Not one more life.

Especially since our occupation is the fire that stoked this hellhole.

Admit it, we've destroyed a country. Wrap your brain around it. Your name is on the bomb.

Our continuing presence as a foreign militia disallows the residents to decide for themselves what they want. They must oust the occupier first. Then and only then will they have the opportunity to negotiate their own internal differences.

We are like a nosy mother-in-law. Time to push her out the door.


Heralder:

Okay Civil, I'll answer your question and the question in the headline when an honest attempt is made at asking a question.

It's not BUSH'S war...it's America's war. This is not a dictatorship or a monarchy.

Paul Hamilton:

Heralder said:
>>It's possible that this "patriotic little venture" could have positive results for someone other than himself, so I can see why he would be so upset about it.

Whoa! I'm not an isolationist, but I sure don't believe that sending American troops half a world away to fight and die is justifiable just for somebody else's gain. We are not the world's cop. It's not our job to put out every brushfire with our own blood.

And Vietnam started under Eisenhower. It was a natural extension of cold war thinking that wherever Commies supported one side of a conflict, we had to support the other.

Paul Hamilton:

Heralder said:
>>It's not BUSH'S war...it's America's war.

Not any more. Maybe in the stampede to war in the hothouse atmosphere following 9-11, the American people were willing to give Bush the benefit of the doubt about whether or not it was appropriate to attack, but Bush's rhetoric has proven to be hollow and by a nearly 2:1 majority, the American people no longer support open-ended conflict there.

P. Bunyan:

"so that makes the real cost to taxpayers around $20,000."

Well hell, it takes more of my tax dollars than that just to send Pelosi and her entourage back to San Francisco for the weekend, so to free millions of people and plant the seeds of democracy in the heart of the Islamic world, that's pretty cheap.

P. Bunyan:

"We are not the world's cop"

So Paul, are you just as opposed to our being in Kosovo as you are to our being in Iraq?

And what about Darfur? Are you opposed to us doing anything there?

That's a good idea. How about we get a check box form with our taxes so that we can decide what departments get our money? I would send all of my $$ to the military and nothing to the war on poverty.

Paul Hamilton:

P. Bunyan asked:
>>So Paul, are you just as opposed to our being in Kosovo as you are to our being in Iraq?

Yes. The only war that I've supported in my adult life -- and that goes back to the 60s -- was our action in Afghanistan following the 9-11 attacks.

And we blew that when we bombed a bunch of places utterly irrelevant to bin Laden and then handed off responsibility to tribal mercenaries who just let him escape.

civil behavior:

Heralder,

Sorry but it IS Bush's war. It has now been shown that Bush did everything from manipulate evidence (the policy was fixed around the policy) to downright lie (Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction) to start "his" war. If the people of this country had been told the whole truth they NEVER would have even considered premptive action against Iraq.


And in your estimation it might not be a dictatorship or a monarchy. In my world and for many others it has become a stifling, opressive, tin eared, intransigent, plutocratic oilogarchy determined to dominate as a secretive, militaristic regime.

Tis a short distance to full fledged fascism similar to the same tactics that were used in Germany in an effort to convince Germans that they were the superior power. It worked there and obviously there is a small group in the US on which it is also working. Be glad there are those of us who are unwilling to buy into the propoganda machine.


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