|Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 1):|
The democrats support the package, but they will watch it like a hawk.
I hope so, I am having a tough time believing either side really though. I wonder how much will be paid back by Iraq oil revenues that Cheney said would happen back in late 2002 or early 2003.
Also another quote from the story:
The Vietnam War cost an inflation-adjusted $121 billion at its height in 1968, according to the Congressional Research Service. The overall tally for Vietnam is $663 billion, adjusted for inflation, and Iraq costs are rapidly catching up.
Wow, we were in Vietnam for 30 years total from 45-75. But even if we take the 65-73 height of the war, this Iraq thing is pretty damn expensive.
|Quoting Jimyvr (Thread starter):|
Also, the amount of replacing the worn out military gear, costs $2billion a month
Ill also point out, that in my little community where I am a city council member, if we took a month's worth of Iraq money, we could replace the three exsisting schools we have, and each being 30, 38 and 62 years old respectively and the annual maintenance of which are staggering. We could pave every road in the community, of which only %30 are paved now. We could provide water and sewer service to the entire community, of which only %12 of residents have. The rest are on thier own wells and septic systems which have very high iron content, and septic tanks are a large polutant and health hazard. We could convert our entire town to natural gas instead of heating oil which is much more expensive and dirty to operate. We could provide a much needed and wanted but expensive by local standards community/youth center. We could make all of our city buildings compliant with ADA (Am. with disability act). Of which out of 8 public city owned buildings 4 are non-compliant, including the oldest school, city hall a firehall and our senior center. We could make our harbor(the lifeblood of the community) an all tide harbor, with individual slips instead of the very dangerous method of tying dozens of boats to one another. We could replace a very aging heavy equipment fleet, and upgrade our police cars, jail, and pay our teachers and public safety employees a fair wage. We could also expand our airport to recieve large jets to lessen our cost of living. On top of all these critical infastructure items, we could maintain and operate the city at a reasonable level for the next 25 years easily.