Thursday, August 13, 2009

Idiot Leftist Thinks Money Spent on Iraq War would Fund Health Care

The war in Iraq cost America $5.8 million a month at its peak. Right now, there is a leftist looney on TV saying that if we had taken the money spent in Iraq, we could have nationalized "NaziCare" right now.

Let's see if that's right.

The war in Iraq lasted 6 years (assuming that it's basically over, now). There are varying estimates on the actual monthly cost, but the $5.8 million a month number is the one used by the military and most sources I found in a quick search. (Some sources cited a number as high as $13 million a month, but those were from less reliable sources.)

Five point eight million dollars a month works out to about $70 million a year. Over six years, that's $420 million.

The bi-partisan Congressional Budget Office last month said that the current bill on the floor would cost just over 1 trillion dollars over a ten year period beginning in 2010. This is only for the proposed health care bill; it does not include Medicare or Medicaid expenses. One trillion dollars over 10 years is one hundred billion dollars every year, and it will not end at six years.

Seems to me, the leftists use fuzzy math to justify whatever they want.


8 comments:

WoFat August 14, 2009 at 8:09 AM  

I would guess that quite a few medical bills could have been paid by the BILLIONS that went to trading in people's old cars for new ones. Clunkers vs People: Clunkers win every time.

LSP August 14, 2009 at 1:19 PM  

"Reality" isn't an issue for the left, not least mathematical. But their leaders don't care - they have more money than the God they don't believe in.

Kevin C August 27, 2009 at 4:27 PM  

5.8 million a month? Are you on crack!?!
Now, I realize that any contradiction to your figure is going to be construed as leftist, liberal, pinko, blah blah but...
How about $902 billion in 6 years?
http://costofwar.com/
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15377059/
Here is an estimate of the real cost, including long term medical care et al: http://www.grist.org/article/what-we-can-afford/ (topping 3 trillion).
Also, if anyone actually did the math, you're saying that the entire war cost 417 million, at most.
Do I really need to go into detail as to how absurd that is?
Best,
KevinC

Jamie Caudill September 25, 2009 at 6:12 AM  

I'm gonna have to go with Kevin C on this one...these figures are completely absurd, at best. I don't know where you're getting your numbers, but something is wrong. People win more than that in a Powerball lottery nowadays.

"As of August 2008, around $550 billion has been spent based on estimates of current expenditure rates[1], which range from the Congressional Research Service (CRS) estimate of $2 billion per week[2] to $12 billion a month, an estimate by economist Joseph Stiglitz.[3]"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Financial_cost_of_the_Iraq_War

Not to mention the Iraq war is far from over. Fact-checking is just as important as spell-checking.

Brandon October 5, 2009 at 2:29 PM  

Is this post a joke?

The cost of the Iraq war has surpassed the cost of the Vietname war in inflation-adjusted dollar terms.

http://articles.latimes.com/2009/apr/11/nation/na-iraq-vietnam11

Really? Is this a joke? God I hope so.

Christopher Irvin October 5, 2009 at 4:46 PM  

Your numbers are off by a factor of 1000 -- the cost of the war by most estimates is 688 billion with a B


I bet you will never correct your error. If this country goes to hell in a handbasket it will be because of morons like you.

flyfishman74 October 30, 2009 at 10:33 AM  

Actually, you are all wrong, since we need to consider here the cost of both wars (ie, Iraq AND Afgan). The number is more like $926 BILLION. What did we get out of this?.....oh yah, NOTHING! It makes me ill to think about how much of a waste it all was. "It made the world a safer place"......my @ss! Wake up, it made the world more dangerous!, all b/c of one man's useless quest (who by the way will go down in history, as the worst thing that ever happened to this country that is). Maybe all those wasted taxpayer dollars wouldn't have funded a gov health care system, but it certainly wouldn't have hurt to spend that money on our own soil. And you right-wing morons complain about the measly 150 billion spent on the stimulus, which is chump change compared to the money wasted on the wars. At least our new president had the balls to spend money on our own country and the interest of improving life here at home.

Willy Dog March 2, 2010 at 3:43 AM  

what a surprise the righty goes missing when something stupid is said. It's funny that these types tend to bash their opponents for 'fuzzy' facts, yet sources for theirs seem to be rather flimsy, if at all stated. EHre in Australia they have a tendency for coming up with 'facts' with no source......go figure

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