This is a summary of David Leonhardt's piece in today's New York Times. He didn't provide numbers for everything, but the case is compelling. Thanks to Moira for pointing out this article.
|Doubled funding for the National Cancer Institute
|Treatment for every American with unmanaged heart disease or diabetes
|Universal preschool for 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds
|For ten years||
|Additional funding needed to save 10 million more lives in the next ten years of immunization campaigns in the 72 poorest countries||
|Funding to stop the Taliban in Afghanistan
|9/11 Commission recommendations for cargo screening and anti-nuclear-proliferation measures
|Reconstruction funds for New Orleans
|Peacekeeping force in Darfur
|Military operations in Iraq
|For the entire course of the war||
|One quarter of the rise in oil prices (the war's estimated contribution)||
|Replacing hardware used in Iraq and restoring the military||
|Veterans' medical care and disability payments||
|Invasion and occupation of Iraq||
The $1.2 trillion estimate comes from
Wallsten and Kosec
(their site also has an interactive estimation tool
that lets you adjust the assumptions they made to come up with your own estimate).
Another well-known estimate puts the cost of the war at over $2 trillion, which includes an estimate of the economic value of the injuries and lives lost.
27 comments | post a comment