Brad Messer Commentary
Wednesday, October 8, 2003

Money Drought of '03

Money is so tight that some Texas counties are wondering how they'll pay for the upcoming elections. Tens of thousands of Lone Star State kids have lost medical coverage. Some school districts can't afford to fix leaky roofs.

Tight as things are, does it make sense to throw another 80- or 90-billion tax dollars into Iraq? Is it really a top priority to pay to create an Iraqi postal system with ZIP codes?

Who doesn't remember being told, before our invasion, that we would rebuild Iraq with its own oil money. Now the story changes to, "Doggone it, we miscalculated how much oil money there is— so we're gonna have to use American tax dollars instead! And let's don't even ask Iraq to eventually pay us back."

A Yale economist has added things up. With $166 billion spent or requested, US war spending in 2003 and 2004 already exceeds the [inflation-adjusted] costs of the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Mexican War, Civil War, Spanish American War and Persian Gulf War combined.

We're now running close to a $500-billion one-year budget shortage. And by the way, the president still wants tax cuts, too.

There must be a limit to the Iraq spending spree. Our children are already up to their necks in our debts.

Brad Messer commentary, KTSA.

Christian Science Monitor 10-7-2003
Congress hits warpath on Iraq funding issues

Washington Post 9/9/2003
Democrats Say Iraq Spending With Tax Cuts Is Unaffordable

Guardian 9/10/2003
How Iraq Spending Affects U.S. Budget

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