Now we need another $245 billion for the Iraq war? Or was it $275 billion. Who can remember? What is another $30 billion anyway? Chump change.
I don't know about your town, but I live in Minneapolis. We have a main library that closes at 5:00PM. There is not enough money to staff it in the evenings.
My kids go to a school without an art program or foreign language. I guess there is not enough money. They are closing small neighborhood schools because, although they are much more effective at teaching children, they are not as efficient. It turns out, it is much more efficient to put kids in a big warehouse school, and teach them poorly, than put them in a small school and teach them well.
Half the kids at our school have no health insurance. They cannot afford the $800/ month that our family is lucky enough to be able to pay.
Now I hear that I will most likely not have any Social Security when I retire. This is troubling, as I am self employed, and I pay 14% of my income in Social Security tax. It would be a shame if I had no SS benefit in twenty years.
So the President says he needs another $240 billion or so for Iraq. What the heck, consider it yours. I can't imagine what we would do with that kind of money anyway.