Monday, September 12, 2011
If you’re one of the 20% of Americans still content with the U.S.’s decade-long war in Afghanistan and the largely forgotten eight year Iraq war, then please read this.
Our friends at ThinkProgress have crunched the numbers and revealed what the $1.2 trillion could’ve been used for here at home. Things like securing access to health care, a decent college education, and infrastructure, to name a few.
• Provide 63.3 Million Scholarships For University Students Every Year For Ten Years
• Give 58.9 Million Children Low-Income Health Care Every Year For Ten Years
• Give 23.6 Million People Access To Low-Income Healthcare Every Year For Ten Years
• Provide 20.68 Million Students With Pell Grants Worth $5,500 Every Year For Ten Years
• Provide 15.12 Million Head Start Slots For Children Every Year For Ten Years
• Provide Veterans Administration Care For 14.7 Million Military Veterans Every Year For Ten Years
• Hire 2.01 Million Firefighters Every Year For Ten Years
• Hire 1.76 Million Elementary School Teachers Every Year For Ten Years
• Hire 1.73 Million Police Officers Every Year For Ten Years
• Retrofit 69.4 Million Households For Wind Power Every Year For Ten Years
• Retrofit 26 Million Households For Solar Photovoltaic Energy Every Year For Ten Years
As ThinkProgress observes, these numbers reflect only the monetary costs of the wars because the cost of a human life is much more difficult to quantify.
Over 6,400 American soldiers have died in Iraq, Afghanistan, or supporting theaters and death tolls in Iraq and Afghanistan combined are in the hundreds of thousands.