Government Overspending FULL

Government Overspending FULL - Government Spending in Iraq...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–4. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Unformatted text preview: Government Spending in Iraq With the invasion of Iraq starting on March 19, 2003 to the present time now, the amount of the American debt has nothing but increased. The Pentagon estimated that it would cost up to $50 billion for the War in Iraq, but they were way off mark. When all economic factors are weighed in, experts consider an eventual price tag of up to $2 trillion. i In this essay, I will portray why it’s taking so much of the U.S. Government’s money to pursue this war. Also, there are many questions relating to what’s going right and wrong in the war. My goal is to reveal to the reader why the invasion of Iraq was either worth the $2 trillion or not worth it. For every “additional second we stay in Iraq, American taxpayers will end up paying an additional $6,300.” ii There are arguments everywhere stating that the Government could use their money more effectively. It seems like trillions of dollars is just another big number, but a human mind isn’t very well equipped to make sense of figures that go up in the trillions. It’s not like we deal with billions and trillions of dollars in our every day lives, except for Bill Gates and CFO’s of Wal-Mart, so it is hard to distinguish it from any other big number. They all start to sound the same. My point here is what 1 could America spend $1 trillion on, except for our invasion of Iraq? Well, it would pay for an “unprecedented public- health campaign,” “universal preschools across the nation”; an enormous increase in “reconstruction funds for New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, “improved national security,” and “a peacekeeping force to put an end to the genocide in Darfur,” iii where three men of the Sudanese National Government plan to spread their system of terror to African Countries. It would also double the amount of cancer research funding, treatment for every American whose diabetes or heart disease is now going unmanaged and a global immunization campaign to save millions of lives. The “total costs of the war, including the budgetary, social and macroeconomic costs are even likely to exceed $2 trillion,” iv according to Joseph Stiglitz, an economist at Columbia. But where does all of this money go? In fact, much of the costs are hidden and haven’t even been spent yet. For example, “more than 3,000 American veterans have suffered severe head injuries in Iraq, and the U.S. Government will have to pay for round-the-clock care for many of them for decades. The cost ranges from $600,000 to $5 million per person.” v The non-partisan Congressional Research Service estimates the U.S. war in Iraq costs “$6 2 billion a month, or $200 million a day.” vi The majority of Muslim countries, as well as “75% of American Muslims” and “70% of British Muslims” believe the War on Terror is “actually a War on Islam.” vii Last year, the Senate voted 98-0 to force President George Bush to submit a much-needed budget for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, instead of using emergency bills...
View Full Document

This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course POLS 1113 taught by Professor Dr.anderson during the Spring '07 term at Oklahoma State.

Page1 / 12

Government Overspending FULL - Government Spending in Iraq...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 4. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online