Tag Archives: Robert Greenwald

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.

Feeding kids doesn’t bring in those campaign contributions

Here’s a concise expression of our misplaced governmental priorities. We need to ask, as Orhan did in a comment thread, what’s a country for anyway?

From a recent Robert Greenwald column:

“the entire alleged shortfall in Wisconsin could be covered by bringing just 180 troops home from Afghanistan.” How about that.

While we’re at it, let’s note that today is the 161st day of the tenth year of the war in Afghanistan.