Stimulus cost more than Iraq

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Stimulus cost more than Iraq
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Tue, 08-24-2010 - 9:46am

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Tue, 08-24-2010 - 9:56am
I would hope that attempts to help the United States citizens would cost more than a war in a foreign nation.

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Tue, 08-24-2010 - 10:11am

Except no one died from the stimulus. Not a single life was lost.
And I very very much doubt these numbers.
The stimulus might have been more expensive then the initial invasion..but I doubt these numbers include the cost of us staying in Iraq for the next 10 years or more or the entire costs for the past 7 years now is it?

Edit: One last things the stimulus did not cost us that the war did....International relations and political good will over seas. Was that cost factored in? I think not.




Edited 8/24/2010 10:15 am ET by cl-miyaka2007
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Tue, 08-24-2010 - 10:13am
When I got to the part where it mentioned "American Thinker", I stopped reading.
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Tue, 08-24-2010 - 10:16am
lol
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Tue, 08-24-2010 - 10:18am

http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2010/05/iraq_war_ledger.html
Human costs

* Total deaths: Between 110,663 and 119,380
* Coalition deaths: 4,712
* U.S. deaths: 4,394
* U.S. wounded: 31,768
* U.S. deaths as a percentage of coalition deaths: 93.25 percent
* Iraqi Security Force deaths: At least 9,451
* Total coalition and ISF deaths: At least 14,163
* Iraqi civilian deaths: Between 96,037 and 104,7542
* Non-Iraqi contractor deaths: At least 463
* Internally displaced persons: 2.6 million
* Refugees: 1.9 million

Financial costs

* Cost of Operation Iraqi Freedom: $748.2 billion
* Projected total cost of veterans’ health care and disability: $422 billion to $717 billion

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Tue, 08-24-2010 - 10:24am

Oh thank you for that, I forgot the costs of the Iraq War wounded. That will cost for the rest of their lives.

Guess the stimulus doesn't really cost more. Unless you put no value on the lives that have been lost or permentantly altered and requiring care.

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Tue, 08-24-2010 - 10:37am
I am wondering if people really believe that the stimulus was magic and would *poof* make the economy all better. It took years to get the economy in the shape it was (through Dem and Rep admins) and will take more than 20 months to recover.

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Tue, 08-24-2010 - 10:40am
Apparently they did.
And more apparently they thought the second Obama took office he would fix everything that is wrong. Just look at the criticisms. Less than a year in office and they started on what a failure as a President he is. Less than half way through he hasn't accomplished anything...and so on and so on. He never had a chance.
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Tue, 08-24-2010 - 11:15am

From "American Thinker"


That is an oxymoron with regard to Hoven

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Tue, 08-24-2010 - 11:24am
I don't believe the stimulus is a "failed" program, but I do believe that the money allocated was far too small to make a quick turn-around in the economy. And, it is strange that the cost of war doesn't include the costs of future veterans' health care. More profoundly insulting is the writer's disconnect for the value of the lives of those who died in war (both Iraqi and coalition military). Three years, three months and 7 days ago, my friend was killed in Baghdad. In my mind and heart, he was worth ten trillion dollars. The costs of the loss of his life in actual dollars is probably far less, but he was a major and would have retired from the military and gone to work in the private sector. His life earnings could have been quite significant. Instead, his now four-year-old daughter and his widow receive Social Security dollars each month. Instead, his daughter and his widow filed a life insurance claim for a significant amount of money. Somebody paid out that insurance claim. You and I pay for those SS benefits for his daughter and widow. This is true for all our troops who were killed at war. The cost of war isn't merely the cost of the dollars spent that are attributed to combat action. They go much further.

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