Military Spending:

Many of us are starting to prepare our 2007 taxes, but how many of us know what our tax dollars are actually paying for? FCNL calculates that 43 cents of every dollar {PDF} you'll pay in taxes go to pay for current and past military activities.

War Is Not the Answer!

Especially WARS Of CHOICE!

And I wish I could have been at the Center for Strategic and International Studies last week.

From the report written about the speach, Murtha and the Cost of the War, Rep. John P. Murtha gave, any doubters were no more when they left!

"Less than 1 percent of the public is making the sacrifice that these troops [in Iraq and Afghanistan] are making," Murtha said. He noted his proposal for a war tax, which was shot down by the Democratic leadership.
"You can't put a trillion-dollar war on a credit card and leave the bills for our children to pay," he said. "The same Americans suffering in Iraq today will be paying for this borrowed war for the rest of their lives."

He goes on to lay out what Costs this War has reaped, and it's not only the Monetary Costs, much Deeper, Very Much Deeper!

"The military is in worse shape than they were seven years ago. No question -- everybody will tell you that."

When one sees John Murtha speaking, especially as to the Military and now the Wars, he's the Public Voice of the military Brass speaking to him!

This was in the Washington Post on the 11th, today, the 12th, we get the following LTE:

Tallying the War's Costs
Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.) got most of the costs of the trillion-dollar Iraq war right, as noted in Walter Pincus's Fine Print column [In the Loop, Feb. 11]. At least in this column, though, Mr. Murtha did not mention the cost of lives lost or of caring for the wounded -- costs this country will be paying for decades.

Where is Mitchell E. Daniels Jr. now? For those who don't remember, Mr. Daniels was the Office of Management and Budget director who estimated the cost of a war in Iraq to be "only" $50 billion to $60 billion.

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On the PBS News Hour they were reporting on this:

G.I. Bill Benefits
Education correspondent John Merrow offers a report on how education benefits are dole out to soldiers returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Frankly the Lack Of!

Link should be up abit later to listen to this report, I'll post that up, if I don't forget.

If they were sent to fight, they are too few. If they were sent to die, they are too many!

Is 'Funding' Really For Troops?

What Happened To Funding and Oversite For Military/Veteran Care In Previous Congresses?

"The wise man points to the stars and the fool sees only the finger - and discusses it 24/7 on cable."

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If they were sent to fight, they are too few. If they were sent to die, they are too many!

Is 'Funding' Really For Troops?

What Happened To Funding and Oversite For Military/Veteran Care In Previous Congresses?

"The wise man points to the stars and the fool sees only the finger - and discusses it 24/7 on cable."