Thursday, October 23, 2008

Trade Off - Priorities

To calculate the trade off in your local community go to Federal Budget Trade-Offs via the National Priorities Project.
Taxpayers in Santa Rosa, California (where I live) will pay $388.4 million for total Iraq war spending approved to date. For the same amount of money, the following could have been provided:
159,853 People with Health Care for One Year OR
691,999 Homes with Renewable Electricity for One Year OR
6,938 Public Safety Officers for One year OR
5,487 Music and Arts Teachers for One Year OR
58,368 Scholarships for University Students for One Year OR
1,163 Affordable Housing Units OR
145,180 Children with Health Care for One Year OR
46,457 Head Start Places for Children for One Year OR
5,578 Elementary School Teachers for One Year OR
4,905 Port Container Inspectors for One year


M.Kate said...

It's incredible when one thing of what the money could have done for so many people, the lives that can be improved, providing a better future..and yet it's spent on the war. I wonder if the war is worth it?

Content in a Cottage said...

Stunning statistics! Great graphics too.

corine said...

The irony of it all. The last figure is very telling. Doesn't sound to me that the goal was ever to 'protect us' The goal was to fill some people's pockets. I'm sure in that way the war was extremely successful.

Krissy said...

Great link!

ambika said...

Gah, just maddening.

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