Monday, September 23, 2013

If There is a Shutdown

"Hey there Soldiers, Marines, Navy and Air Force, we're sending you into the Afghan theater, to join the brothers and sisters there as you replace some rotating out after their multiple tours. Tell your families you'll be getting your pay in IOU's, don't worry the cash is coming way down the road, though it'll be borrowed! And when you discharge, well deja-vu all over again, you'll join us in the military veterans community and the decades long underfunded VA, after these rubber stamped IOU wars and the now IOU script you get for pay!!"

US wars in Afghanistan, Iraq to cost $6 trillion
September 19, 2013 - The decade-long American wars in Afghanistan and Iraq would end up costing as much as $6 trillion, the equivalent of $75,000 for every American household, calculates the prestigious Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Remember, when President George Bush’s National Economic Council Director, Lawrence Lindsey, had told the country’s largest newspaper “The Wall Street Journal” that the war would cost between $100 billion and $200 billion, he had found himself under intense fire from his colleagues in the administration who claimed that this was a gross overestimation.

Consequently, Lawrence Lindsey was forced to resign.It is also imperative to recall that the Bush administration had claimed at the very outset that the Iraq war would finance itself out of Iraqi oil revenues, but Washington DC had instead ended up borrowing some $2 trillion to finance the two wars, the bulk of it from foreign lenders.

According to the Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government 2013 report, this accounted for roughly 20 per cent of the total amount added to the US national debt between 2001 and 2012. read more>>>

"Oh and another thing, for those already out and have joined the older brothers and sisters veterans living on the streets or unemployed, and I mean on the streets":

Eligibility Cuts for Jobless Workers Could Affect 170,000 Low-Income Veterans
Substantial numbers of low-income veterans are among those who would be affected by the legislation. Census data indicate that approximately 900,000 veterans receive SNAP assistance each month. (This figure is almost surely understated, because Census data do not capture SNAP receipt by homeless veterans — who, like most other homeless individuals aren’t included in the Census survey — and understate the overall number of people receiving SNAP.)

An estimated 170,000 of those 900,000 veterans could be affected by the two provisions of the House proposal that would place food assistance for jobless workers at risk. read more>>>

RM: "We got a huge round of tax cuts in this country a few weeks before 9/11. Once 9/11 happened and we invaded Afghanistan, we kept the tax cuts anyway. How did we think we were going to pay for that war? Did we think it was free? Then, when we started a second simultaneous war in another country, we gave ourselves a second huge round of tax cuts. After that second war started. The wars, I guess, we thought would be free, don`t worry about it, civilians. Go about your business." 23 May 2013

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