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I found an interesting website called, National Priorities Project, which calculates the cost of the Iraq war according to where you live. According to this site, the war in Iraq has cost Anderson, Ind. $77 million dollars. The site also allows you to compare alternatives that this amount could fund.

$77 million could provide:

  • 22,750 (over a third of Anderson) with affordable healthcare for a year, or
  • Free housing with renewable electricity for a year to every single man, woman in child in the city, or
  • 1,350 Elementary school teachers for a year, or
  • 1,900 Police officers for a year, or
  • 10,300 University scholarships for a year, or
  • 800 Affordable housing units.

$77 million from a town where:

  • 42% of students were eligible for free or reduced lunch in 2007
  • 40% of students won’t graduate high school
  • The average salary was $12,000 less than the state average in 2007
  • Schools scored 12 out of 100 according to citi-data.com
  • 13.5% of the population lived below the poverty level in 2007
  • Unemployment more than doubled since 2000
  • Those dependent on federal assistance doubled since 2000

Keep in mind that the War in Iraq only constitutes 14% of our military budget. Is “protecting our freedom” to the tune of a half a trillion dollars really cost effective?

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