Found this interesting!
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.
I think as a year to year comparison it is spot on.
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).
<<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.