"No matter how paranoid or conspiracy-minded you are, what the government is actually doing is worse than you imagine." - - - William Blum

December 09, 2009

Based on the fact that I live next to Long Beach, CA this site calculated the following waste of money:

Taxpayers in Long Beach City, California paid $1.2 billion for total Iraq and Afghanistan war spending since 2001. For the same amount of money, any one of the following could have been provided:
  • 510,171 People with Health Care for One Year
  • 2,208,521 Homes with Renewable Electricity for One Year
  • 22,144 Public Safety Officers for One year
  • 17,510 Music and Arts Teachers for One Year
  • 186,282 Scholarships for University Students for One Year
  • 231,686 Students receiving Pell Grants of $5350
  • 3,710 Affordable Housing Units
  • 463,343 Children with Health Care for One Year
  • 148,268 Head Start Places for Children for One Year
  • 17,803 Elementary School Teachers for One Year
  • 15,655 Port Container Inspectors for One year

There aren't 2,208,521 homes in Long Beach, but you get the idea...

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