In 2006, 70 Billion More for the War
Just to give this some perspective: The 2006 war allocation represents 5% of the total US budget...that's 5% of 2.4 Trillion dollars. Bu$hCo has just requested an off-budget appropriation--essentially a loan--that amounts to 1/20th of every tax dollar that will be taken in by the Feds this year. Imagine how many real security initiatives or how much foreign intelligence could have been purchased for that amount.
Now think in terms of your own budget. Make $50,000? Then it's as if you just went to VISA and said, "give me $2,500 loan that my children will pay back on my behalf," and you've done this every year for the last 3. Or put another way, if you normally pay $10,000 in federal taxes, then $500.00 will go to fund the Iraq War. You paid that last year, and the Congressional Budget Office estimates that you'll continue paying that amount for at least another two years...maybe more.
Are you getting your money's worth? Do you feel safer?
How many pennies in $320 billion?
I feel much safer now. Especially with the knowledge that Corporate America and six-figure CEO's like Lay & Skilling will be there to help us mortals pay it off sooner.