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Old 09-20-2003, 03:58 PM   #1
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Rebuild America? Rebuild Iraq?

85 Billion Dollars is a lot of money! Why are we so eager to spend that money on another country and not here at home? Certainly we could have done something here at home with that money?

What do you think?
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85 billion

or 87 billion

or is it more like 160- 200 billion?



Maybe we should make Haliburton the no-bid contractor for rebuilding America.
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Old 09-20-2003, 04:26 PM   #3
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The GOP has bitched about the Big Dig in Boston for years: a 20 year project that has cost about $15 billion dollars total (I think). It is certainly quite funny about how they spend in Iraq, as a result.

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States are going bankrupt, mine included. It's not pretty. We could use some of that $87 bil, thank you very much.
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You make mess, I suppose you gotta clean it up.
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This state just tried to get a billion dolllars from it citizens to try to make things better, and it was voted down. They don't trust what is being said. I don't know what will turn it around but it has to be more than "trust me" that doesn't fly any longer.
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Oh, I trust politicians about as far as I can throw Edinburgh Castle and that's part of the problem on this end--a trust crisis, if you will. I'm not particularly liking this $87 bil request either, however. Will it really help Iraq and Afghanistan or go into corporate pocketbooks? It's always the same question, "where on earth is this money going?" Too often the answers are inadequate.
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If Iraqi tanks were in Detroit, Michigan, USA, trying to put in a sewer system. I'd ask them to leave.

U.S.A. GET THE FUCK OUT OT IRAQ. Give our Homeless houses.
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This is Israel's WAR.

18 year old American's are not going to be drafted for the Iran-China slaughter.
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87 Billion is the price tag for military operations and reconstruction for both Iraq and Afghanistan for the next year. Of this, 66 Billion dollars is for the cost of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The rest is for rebuilding. 87 Billion dollars is less than 5% of the federal budget and less than 1% of annual GDP. Adjusting for inflation, it is an even smaller percentage of what the USA spent on the Marshall Plan.

"Why are we so eager to spend that money on another country and not here at home?"

Because the cost of a failed state in Iraq would be too expensive for the USA and the world.

It is far cheaper to rebuild Iraq than to have to fight another war because of Iraqi state failure and the possible implications that could have for international security.
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Sting, maybe so, but I'm not a big fan of deficit spending.
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USA out of Iraq. Stop killing the world for Israel. Iraq's oil in not Israel's.

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