Thursday, January 11, 2007

The Cost of War

House Minority Whip Roy Blunt says he supports a balanced budget. And he wants to keep taxes low.

But with expensive new programs being proposed every day, this protection against tax hikes has never been more important.

Do you suppose Blunt was referring to Bush's "new" strategy to send 21,500 additional U.S. troops to Iraq at a cost of $5.6 BILLION this fiscal year? Or was he referring to Bush's expected call for an additional $100 billion for the war?

Probably not, because the Bush Administration has been funding the Iraq war through emergency supplemental bills, instead of including the costs in the Administration's yearly formal budget request for running the government. That means war costs are not included in the Administration's deficit calculations, and are not subject to overall spending caps. The Iraq war has so far cost the nation $350 billion.

Your children will have to eventually pay that bill.