Monday, November 9, 2009

Understanding Priorities

Health care will be expensive. 78 billion, 80 billion, 91 billion per year are the numbers under debate. Perhaps 1 trillion over 10 years. Sounds like a hell of a lot of money.
The grand adventures in Iraq and Afghanistan have run between 108 and 140 billion per year over the past 8 years, with a total cost around 1.3 trillion so far (actual number is probably higher).
The annual defense appropriations bill passed a few weeks ago came in at 680 billion (they did have to work late on this, so it includes the cost for congressional pizza delivery), for 1 year.
Our priorities are clear. We'd rather spend our money on damaging bodies than on healing them. Bombs: they're more entertaining than colonoscopy's.

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