Tuesday, March 29, 2011
I ran across this headline tonight...
Cost of Libya Intervention $600 Million for First Week, Pentagon Says- ABC News
It made me think- what things could the US government do with $600 million if it focused its energies inward on bettering this country and helping its citizenry, instead of starting a third Middle East war... Hmm..
15,000 new police officers, fire fighters and/or teachers based on ($40k/yr)
$250 standard of living increase check for 2.4 Million elderly and disabled people on Social Security who got no cost of living increase for 2010 or 2011
$275/mo is the average food stamps for family of four-- $600 million would feed about 2.2 Million families of four for a month (8.8 Million people)
$100 tax credit for 6 million workers
30 Million books for public libraries across nation based on $20/book
Instead, the money went to this...
"U.S. ships and submarines in the Mediterranean have unleashed at least 191 Tomahawk cruise missiles from their arsenals to the tune of $268.8 million... U.S. warplanes have dropped 455 precision guided bombs, costing tens of thousands of dollars each. A downed Air Force F-15E fighter jet will cost more than $60 million to replace. And operation of the war craft, guzzling ever-expensive fuel to maintain their positions off the Libyan coast and in the skies above, could reach millions of dollars a week, experts say." (ABC News)
Posted by Susquehanna at Tuesday, March 29, 2011