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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Wed, 08-25-2010 - 11:18am
Yep. :-)
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Wed, 08-25-2010 - 4:58pm
My husband's life isn't in danger because of the stimulus package. If you saw the news today you would know that it has gotten much more dangerous in the last 48 hours. Plus the others are right, those numbers have nothing to do with long term projections, the money paid to those who have lost loved ones in Iraq, or the money spent to care for those that come back from Iraq broken and battered.
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Wed, 08-25-2010 - 5:05pm
I really, really, really hate to say this but I am trying to give some perspective. If God forbid, my husband died we would get $500,000.00 from the Army alone, plus ss benefits, Tri-care for life health insurance, and the kids college would pretty much be paid for. Those figures add up quick. Life insurance to 4,000 families, at $500,000.00 a family is $2,000,000,000. That number leaves out the other 7 hundred service members, the health care, and social security costs.
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Thu, 08-26-2010 - 3:49am

I know that you've probably got lots going on, but I'm still very interested in your take on the OP, in particular re: why so much was left out (incl. support for disabled soldiers) in order to frame his argument.

Have you heard from other conservatives about it, and do they share the concerns expressed in this thread?

And for any conservatives reading this thread who have not responded, I'd love to hear your view, also.

Kate

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Thu, 08-26-2010 - 10:35am

I think as a year to year comparison it is spot on.


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Fri, 08-27-2010 - 11:08pm

No doubt that it's questionable whether the stimulus will work.

However the writer of the OP (and Hoven, whom he cites) both constructed their arguments as if the costs of the war in Iraq are tallied and done and limited, which is not reality (despite the truly pathetic things some may call such an observation by a liberal).

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Sat, 08-28-2010 - 5:45am
They didn't act like it was done, they did it by year, same with the stimulus calculations.


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Sat, 08-28-2010 - 9:52am

<<They didn't act like it was done, they did it by year, same with the stimulus calculations.>>


Not exactly true. They estimated the cost of the stimulus through 2019 but didn't estimate any costs for Iraq beyond this year. You also must consider that in making the comparison, the stimulus price tag is spread over 10 years where as the Iraq costs consisted of 7 years. And, in comparing two different time periods, one should account for inflation. From what I understand, the cost of the war in Iraq also doesn't include combat pay and recruiting bonuses.


Chrissy


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Sat, 08-28-2010 - 11:32am
...and I don't think it will count the cost of keeping 50K troops in Iraq for the next 18+ months.

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Sat, 08-28-2010 - 5:09pm
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Edited 8/28/2010 6:23 pm ET by oh.dear