RoadBikeReview.com's Forum Archives - Non-Cycling Discussions


Archive Home >> Non-Cycling Discussions(1 2 3 4 )


Bush To Seek $60-70 Billion For Iraq......(16 posts)

Bush To Seek $60-70 Billion For Iraq......MR_GRUMPY
Sep 4, 2003 8:40 AM
Why are we paying for the rebuilding of Iraq ? I thought that they are sitting on a Trillion dollars worth of oil. Why don't we just loan them the money now, and collect later?
Has George lost his mind ????
Did George have a mind to lose?ColnagoFE
Sep 4, 2003 8:57 AM
Think of what that money could buy... A free college education for any kid in America? Much needed help for troubled inner cities. Medical insurance? What a waste...
What a waste?TJeanloz
Sep 4, 2003 9:12 AM
What's worth more, an Iraqi life or a college education for an American kid?

Who needs more help, inner-city youth in Baghdad or inner-city youth in New York?

I don't know why people are so eager to help themselves before they begin to even consider helping anybody else.
What a waste?Tri_Rich
Sep 4, 2003 10:39 AM
"I don't know why people are so eager to help themselves before they begin to even consider helping anybody else."

Spoken like a true liberal!!!
Most people accuse me of being a conservative...TJeanloz
Sep 4, 2003 10:49 AM
I must be doing something right.
Panty waste. nmOldEdScott
Sep 4, 2003 10:51 AM
I guess it's just ironic to meColnagoFE
Sep 4, 2003 10:47 AM
we bombed it for dubious resons...now we pay for clean up.
Yeah. You broke it, you bought it, American tax-payer. (nm)czardonic
Sep 4, 2003 10:54 AM
I wouldn't say it was free of manufacturers defects..TJeanloz
Sep 4, 2003 10:59 AM
We just broke it a little more.
Well, let's not to get into who the real manufacturers were. nmczardonic
Sep 4, 2003 11:04 AM
Then we'll call it a "warranty repair" (nm)TJeanloz
Sep 4, 2003 11:10 AM
Iraq- the 51st state!filtersweep
Sep 4, 2003 11:54 AM
I think we should annex Iraq, or at least make it a US territory or a commonwealth like Puerto Rico. We are occupying the country- might as well make it our own and have the Iraqis pay taxes... and we really will need to raise their standard of living substantially before any form of democracy can "stick."

If we had a territory abroad in the center of the radical Islamic world, it would be a much easier target for terrorists than in the "homeland" and could easily serve as a decoy to keep the rest of us safe at the cost of only a few US soldiers lives per day. Two deaths per day is substantially less than the civilian "price" on 9/11...
Iraq- the 51st state! -- 1/3rd class citizensPdxMark
Sep 4, 2003 12:43 PM
The $60 billion amounts to $2727 per capita. Average US Federal spending is $6527 per capita. Though relative to 50th place Nevada, with $4940 per capita federal spending, Iraqis are just 1/2 class citizens.

http://www.ffis.org/ff/percapitafedspending02.pdf
Iraq- the 51st state! -- 1st class citizensfiltersweep
Sep 5, 2003 6:38 AM
Excuse me, but I'd guess that $2727 goes more than just a bit further in Iraq than it even does in Nevada ;) $2727 may well be equal to $27,270 per capita...?
necessaryDuane Gran
Sep 5, 2003 7:01 AM
As much as I don't like the whole mess, there is no way out now. It is our baby. The UN may offer some help but we are stuck with it. From things I've read, Iraq has a good deal of oil but their infrastructure to extract it is poor. Estimates I've seen put it at five years to get it at full capacity, which doesn't do much to help the people today.
How about 10B to Iraq, 50-60B towards the US. nmMike P
Sep 5, 2003 8:52 AM