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I hate taxes but war money is just fine

Robert Greenwald directs us to this website, How Much Did You Pay for War THIS YEAR.  It’s a project of Rethink Afghanistan and the calculation proports to be for that war only. But the small print indicates the results include ‘other military spending’, so it’s a bit manipulative though not dishonest. Even if it counts every paperclip in the Pentagon, it’s stunning. I calculated a few using ‘single’ as status..

EARNED $40k?   You paid $1694. Using this year’s cost as an average, that means since 2001, you paid almost $17,000.

EARNED $50K?   You paid $2379.  Using this year’s cost as an average, that means since 2001, you paid almost $24,000.

EARNED $70K?   You paid $3749.  Using this year’s cost as an average, that means since 2001, you paid almost $40,000.

Since I’m on the subject – today is the 181st day of the tenth year of that war. We are now 184 days away from the 11th year.