How Much Did You Pay In Taxes For War?

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Birthplace of Independent Conservatism

You know, when a progressive site has something that actually makes sense it is worth airing on an independent conservative site. I just came across a post on HUFFPOST WORLD that deserves an airing. First a nifty calculator to help you determine the amount of your taxes that went to support the 10 year-Afghanistan war.

Excerpt from the article:
President Obama likes to talk about "winning the future" these days, but the U.S. is in a losing situation in Afghanistan. We're bleeding wealth and lives at an unacceptable rate, and things are only expected to get worse this year as fighting season resumes in the spring. Meanwhile, the Pentagon and their political allies want the president to ignore the clear will of the American people, who want troops out within a year. The military is reportedly pushing the president to pull out only an "insignificant" number of troops, despite the fact that it will cost us $1 million per troop to keep forces in Afghanistan this year. Bleeding that many resources on a war that's not making us safer all the way until 2014 is losing, regardless of what General Petraeus' spin shop tells us. We're losing the future in Afghanistan. {Read More}

What we are witnessing today, actually we have been since the end of WW II, was talked about by a past Republican President.

And so today, over 50 years after President Eisenhower's warning, the Military Industrial Complex has grown and become deeply entrenched in our national fabric.

Isn't it about time we took his words seriously? Isn't it time to do something about it? If not now, WHEN?

And what about the Libyan intervention and it's additional costs?

Cross posted to RN USA

Via: Memeorandum


  1. Have the wars and conflicts we have been involved in over the last 60 years made us any more free? And even in the light of the Pentagon papers, we seem to find ourselves on that same road of self-destruction. At the cost of lives and wealth we have not even earned respect, but are hated by many nations...

  2. This 'calculator' thing is a little mis-leading.

    We haven't paid for the full cost of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in higher taxes, or taxes at all for that matter, any more than we have paid for the full cost of Medicare, Social Security or the Bridge to Nowhere (there are hundreds of them)

    How have we paid for them? At least 30% of everything we have 'bought' as a nation for the past many years has been 'borrowed' from the Chinese or the foreign sovereigns.

    So whatever the calculator spits out, cut it by 33% and you'll see what part of your taxes went to the war effort.

    The rest...your kids will pay high taxes, lower benefits, higher inflation, lower dollar valuations, abnormally low-to-negative real interest rates on t-bill or bond investments...that sorta thing.


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