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Stuck in the middle between Kofi and Tweedle Dee

President Bush’s recent speech brought some good news and some bad news. The good news is it appears that Bush is bucking his neo-conservative cabinet (mainly Cheney and Rumsfeld) by putting forth a UN resolution requesting aid for the current Iraq debacle. This is good for Republicans and Democrats alike. Republicans will like this because it may result in lowering the US’s bottom line as far as spending on Iraq, while the Democrats can use it as ammunition in 2004.

The bad news, of course, is that for the next year the operations will cost us upwards of 90 (pinky raised) billion dollars. Considering this is almost 24% of what we spent, federally, on education in 1999-2000 one has to wonder if the entire operation really was worth it. While looking for the above education statistic I happened across a site that translates dollars spent on the military into opportunity costs for education.

The issue of UN involvement is something that everyone in the US should contact their representatives to voice support for. As I stated earlier everyone wins with this deal. The UN may be worthless to the GOP, but the GOP has to admit that saving a few bucks/lives by replacing them with UN bucks/lives isn't such a bad idea.

The issue of money lost is a little more troubling to me. What confuses me is how the President cuts taxes and then asks for 87 billion, which amounts to about 5% of the total 1.7 trillion dollar 2004 budget. Is Iraq really worth 5% of your tax money? If you are Republican think of the items you could mark off your own platform's agenda.

Whew! That's a lot more money than it first sounded like. It's funny that the number 87 seems so small and how truly little knowledge we have of the word billion.

Posted by joestump at September 8, 2003 5:31 PM