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May 29, 2008

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To the editor:

According to the Congressional Research Service report for Congress, by the end of January 2008, the Department of Defense reported $538.6 billion had been obligated for the global war on terror since 9/11. Of course this figure goes up or down depending on which report you believe.

I'm not decrying the war on terror or calling for the troops to come home right now. Like it or not, we've committed ourselves in Iraq. We made the mess and now we have to clean it up. And we're going to be cleaning for a very long time. It's too bad that $400-plus billion we've spent in Iraq since 2003 is gone, because we sure could have used it back home.

There have been over 300 natural disasters in the United States from 2003 to today, with losses well into that $400-plus billion figure. It's too bad that our government's borderline-criminal mismanagement of funds has made the recovery process extremely difficult for those who have lost so much.

Our fellow Kansans in Greensburg sure could use some more help in completely rebuilding their town from the ground up, as could those still in formaldehyde-ridden FEMA trailers, waiting for New Orleans to be rebuilt three years later. Sorry, folks. See, we already gave that money to Blackwater and a bunch of other no-bid contractors over there in Iraq. Better luck next time. But with the current state of budgetary affairs, I really wouldn't hold your breath, unless you're in one of those trailers, in which case maybe you should.

Steve Craven,

Lawrence

Comments

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 3 months ago

It doesn't take any expert to recognize total fraud and incompetence, newsflash-- just a functioning brain. Maybe you should see what you could do about obtaining one-- you could check out a copy of the Wizard of Oz. Pay close attention to the scarecrow character.

jafs 7 years, 3 months ago

Why aren't more people upset about the money lost in Iraq? It totals in the billions.Why aren't more people upset about the lack of adequate care for veterans?Why aren't more people upset about the huge deficit this administration is running up?Liberals/Republicans/Independents/Libertarians, etc. should be more upset about these things and stop calling each other names, imho.

fu7il3 7 years, 3 months ago

"Why aren't more people upset about the money lost in Iraq? It totals in the billions.Why aren't more people upset about the lack of adequate care for veterans?Why aren't more people upset about the huge deficit this administration is running up?"Times are tight for a lot of people. They have enough to worry about dealing with their own lives. Worrying about the lives of others is a luxury some people either can't afford or can't be bothered with.

Ralph Reed 7 years, 3 months ago

Steve, I agree with you in that the budget has been terribly mis-managed. However, in my opinion this results from two things: decisions being made for political rather than practical reasons; and a lot of smoke and mirrors hiding things in the budget. The current adimiistration is not the only one to do this.God knows I'm not a budget expert, nor do I profess to be, but anyone should be able to see the trouble our economy is in. This extends to the Federal budget as it is a great part of our economy.Also, you'll notice I commented on what you said, I did not attack you as many others here do.******I'm me. Who are you behind your hood of anonymity?

paavopetie 7 years, 3 months ago

I'm just happy the government is fixing part of 19th Street! I've lived in this town for two years and not a single darned road I drive on (besides Mass St. and 23rd) has been repaved. They just keep refilling pot hole after pot hole in the same places.I'm glad I'm leaving this town. My car definitely thanks me.

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