Wednesday, November 14, 2007


Politics, Anyone?

I dashed off this quick, short column for my friend Roberto's news site. I'm repeating it here because I thought the magnitude of the expenditures might be useful to get one's head around.
Not really a political statement because I don't consider this my forum for that kind of speech. If you want to know what I think of the GWAT, the next time you see me, just ask "Court, what do you think of the GWAT?"


COMMENT: NOTHING IN THIS SITUATION IS SIMPLE, BUT THERE IS SOMETHING USEFUL ABOUT GETTING PERSPECTIVE ON OUR EXPENDITURES

According to the latest publishing in the mass media, the cumulative cost of the GWAT (the Global War on Terrorism), from 2002

to the present, is about 1.6 TRILLION DOLLARS.

Some think this is necessary, some don't. I doubt that anything said here will change minds. But it IS worth noting in the context of whatever it is in government spending distribution that you disagree with.

For me, here’s my list:

Budget for the GWAT = $1,600,000,000,000.00

In comparison

· You could fund NASA at FY2008 levels for 145 years.

· You could fund the Department of Education at FY2008 levels through the year 2108

· You could fund the National Institutes of Health at FY2008 levels for 51.6 years

In spite of the GWAT, the evening news tells us the world is still a pretty terrifying place, so what else would you have done with the $1.6 Trillion?

2 comments:

Angela said...

What would I do with 1.6?

1. Buy my husband a brand new car.
2. Buy him some land he can set up
his observatory on.
3. Buy him a Dome house.
4. Treat him to a grand canyon adventure.
5. Buy him some Cross Country Skies.
Buy him a house boat

Darn I still have money left.

I will fund his life style to which he could become accustomed.

Bob said...

Good going Angela.
Your total cost would be less than $10M per my rough estimate.
According to the levels of wealth indicated in the recent book Richistan, that would put you all in the lowest category of wealth, the $1M - $10M bracket.

On another vein, I was wondering how long the $1.6T would Social Security for? Maybe till 2100?