Newark Interesting, and disturbing, piece by Times columnist David Leonhardt the other day that I would like to share.
$1.2 Trillion dollars is the cost of the war in Iraq. This breaks down to $200 Billion per year. For the same dollars, Leonhardt points out we could do the following:
Universal health care in U.S =
$100 Billion per year.
Universal pre-school with 1/2
days 3 year olds and full-days for 4 year olds = $35 Billion per
Meeting the 9/11 Commission
Security Recommendations = $10 Billion.
Cancer Research Towards a Cure =
Immunizations for world’s
children on a half-dozen diseases = $600 Million.
Gee, we can have a disaster in Iraq or we can substantially take a whack at poverty, health, and education in America and disease for children around the world.
How has this become a choice?