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A Matter Of Priorities October 31, 2007

Posted by littlebangtheory in Politics and Society.
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On October 22 of this year, our current misAdministration submitted to Congress a request for another $45.9 billion in war related spending. This, if approved, will bring the total expenditure on The Iraq War to the obscene figure of $611 BILLION.

That’s $611,000,000,000. Closing on two-thirds of a Trillion dollars.

Meanwhile, the T-word elicits eye-rolling dismissals from the pundits on The Reicht who poo-poo these totals as Chicken-Little Quackery being foisted on the Good People of America by Lefty Islamo-Fascist Sympathizers.

Assuming for a moment that these figures are, at a minimum, true (some costs are doubtless sequestered away deep in the shadows within the Orwellian Machine which has replaced our Legitimate Government,) why should we care? Truth be told, We The People will pay for very little of it.

That onerous task will fall to our children, and our children’s children. Because, you see, we’re borrowing that money from China.

The trouble is, my children never signed for this loan; they expect to be kinda tied up repaying the astronomical costs of their college educations and struggling to afford their sky-rocketing mortgage payments and health care costs. And if you came right out and offered them this Illegal War of Aggression for the bargain price of $611 billion dollars (and counting,) I have a pretty good idea of where they’d tell you to stuff your idiotic idea.

I’m betting your children wouldn’t sign for it either.

So the pResident reaches his greasy mitt (hey, is that a coincidence, or do I detect a pattern here?) into the breast pocket of his plaid sport coat and produces a sheaf of fine print filled with obfuscations and disclaimers and hands Congress a Collective Pen (“Don’t worry ’bout a thing, Kid, I’ll take guuuud care of ya!“) and after the requisite pissing and moaning from the Dem’s side of the aisle, they sign it (trust me, it’s a Done Deal.)

Six Hundred Eleven BILLION dollars and counting.

Do you ever wonder what part of that will come from your community?

Do you ever wonder what else you could pay for if you were to borrow that amount?

Well now you can stop wondering and look it up. The National Priorities Project, a non-profit entity headquartered in Northampton, Massachusetts, has done a tremendous amount of good work compiling and analyzing the relevant facts and figures to give us answers to these semi-mind-boggling conundra.

For instance, My Little Town (population 1,358) will contribute a proposed $900,000 in FY 2008. That’s about $663 for each man, woman and child. And since The Progeny aren’t going to contribute substantially to the total (just yet,) it looks like I just signed off on a loan for $1,988. And that’s on top of the $7,500 I borrowed to pay “Our Share” through FY 2007.

Good thing I had my dick shortened back in ’95.

So let’s say The Good People of Massachusetts had agreed (we did not!) to sign off on these loans through FY 2007. What other sorts of things could we have secured for ourselves and our neighbors and our children?

How about health care for 3,752,224 people?

How about 190,930 new elementary school teachers?

How about outfitting 20,093,811 homes to run on renewable energy?

The National Priorities Project Federal Budget Trade-Offs Page has lots of such “what-ifs” to ponder, allocated amongst many, many municipalities, counties and every State. I’m grateful to have this information as grist for the discussion mill, and hope that by sharing it around the ‘Sphere we can better make the case for moral government and the rule of law through the evocation of fiscal sanity.

True Conservatives, after all, care about such things.


1. Jennifer - October 31, 2007
2. littlebangtheory - October 31, 2007

Thanks Jennifer. I’m not sure when (or if  ) I’ll ever attain “Shakesworthyness,” but I might just swallow hard and do that!

3. Phydeaux - October 31, 2007

It’s just blogwhoring, cuz, no big deal. I do it all the time.

4. Phydeaux - October 31, 2007

Oh, excellent post! (which is why you need to blogwhore it)

5. littlebangtheory - November 1, 2007

So, um… parce que je suis un crétin, …how do I do this?

6. dcup - November 1, 2007

Great post, C.R.

But you’re priorities are so, um, humane. I don’t know…..

7. Jennifer - November 1, 2007

how do I do this?

Click on post title to go to the post itself (as opposed to the main page of your blog). Copy the URL for that page out of your browser’s address bar and post it in your comment.

For your reference, I’ve taken the liberty of posting a handy example of one way that can go over in the blogwhoring thread already 😉

I’ll probably be at the Phyre tonight if you want more specific instructions.

8. littlebangtheory - November 1, 2007

Gotcha! And thanks for the good words  😉

9. Spartacus - November 2, 2007

Sadly, CR, in this new age of “freedom through security” this number will only continue to rise until the government prints enough money to rival the economy of the Wiemar Republic.

I’m not sure what I’ll tell my children when it all finally comes crashing down, but I’m pretty certain that “I’m sorry” simply won’t be enough.

10. johnnywingnut - November 2, 2007

Look on the bright side Spartacus: We just added some new nifty colors to the five dollar bill. I hear facelifts are next. Spend all you want. We’ll make more is their only credo. But what the hell. It’s only paper, right?

11. littlebangtheory - November 2, 2007

Dude, look closer… they’re Yens! 😆

12. beatgrl - November 2, 2007

Thanks for this post. I am going to go check out the National Priorities Project right now.

13. beatgrl - November 2, 2007

And I figured out how to be linking here. There is a field for the URL on the page we upload our avatar.

Cheers, happy friday, ya cookin’ tonight? We should have a virtual potluck soon.

14. littlebangtheory - November 3, 2007

beatgrl, a “Virtual Pot-Luck” is a fabulous idea! If I get off my ass (or will I need to get on my ass?) long enough, I’ll do just that. Giving credit for the inspiration right where it’s due, of course!

And oh, tonight is left-overs of ricotta-stuffed shells in a spicy red sauce which I threw together in minutes courtesy of Miz Lumina’s home-canned tomatoes and Frau Biergut’s Habeñero sauce. It’s my amazing good fortune and endless pleasure to have them as my Real-Life Neighbors (shhhhhh! Blogonimity, ya know.)

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