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Thursday, September 04, 2003


borrow and spend

posted by Aziz P. at Thursday, September 04, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Bush will ask for another $60-$70. Billion. Kevin Drum makes an interesting observation about what the true costs of the Iraq Adventure are:

One note, though: when you add this to the cost of the war itself plus the postwar costs already incurred, it looks to me like the 12-month cost of Gulf War II is going to net out to about $100 billion. That's 10% of the total amount raised via personal income taxes each year.

I have to wonder how broad support for the war would have been if every household had been asked to pay a 10% income tax surcharge to cover the cost?


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