Trade-Offs, Cost of War

Do you want to know the Trade offs for your state, your city, your Congressional District? Go to CostofWar.com and select Trade Offs.

Taxpayers in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District will pay $317.7 million for Afghanistan war spending for FY2012 Enacted. For the same amount of money, the following could be provided:

  • 151,124 Annual Energy Costs for a Household for One Year OR

  • 109,539 Children Receiving Low-Income Healthcare for One Year OR

  • 4,702 Elementary School Teachers for One Year OR

  • 34,785 Fair Market Rent for One Bedroom Apartment for One Year OR

  • 43,275 Head Start Slots for Children for One Year OR

  • 154,292 Households Converted to All Solar Energy for One Year OR

  • 324,013 Households Converted to All Wind Energy for One Year OR

  • 41,345 Military Veterans Receiving VA Medical Care for One Year OR

  • 151,774 One Year Worth of Groceries for an Individual OR

  • 40,098 People Receiving Low-Income Healthcare for One Year OR

  • 4,603 Police or Sheriff’s Patrol Officers for One Year OR

  • 27,704 Scholarships for University Students for One Year OR

  • 57,236 Students receiving Pell Grants of $5550

Trade-Offs, State of Minnesota

Taxpayers in State of Minnesota will pay $3.2 billion for Afghanistan war spending for FY2012 Enacted. For the same amount of money, the following could be provided:

  • 1.5 million Annual Energy Costs for a Household for One Year OR

  • 1.1 million Children Receiving Low-Income Healthcare for One Year OR

  • 47,680 Elementary School Teachers for One Year OR

  • 352,698 Fair Market Rent for One Bedroom Apartment for One Year OR

  • 438,776 Head Start Slots for Children for One Year OR

  • 1.6 million Households Converted to All Solar Energy for One Year OR

  • 3.3 million Households Converted to All Wind Energy for One Year OR

  • 419,208 Military Veterans Receiving VA Medical Care for One Year OR

  • 1.5 million One Year Worth of Groceries for an Individual OR

  • 406,569 People Receiving Low-Income Healthcare for One Year OR

  • 46,678 Police or Sheriff’s Patrol Officers for One Year OR

  • 280,903 Scholarships for University Students for One Year OR

  • 580,331 Students receiving Pell Grants of $5550

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By Published On: July 17th, 20122 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Chuck Turchick July 17, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    So a problem has been identified: “defense” spending — in reality, war spending — is, and for at least 50 years has been, the biggest financial fraud in human history. But what are we going to do about it? Protest? Petition? Elect new politicians? March? We tell the warmakers that doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results is a sign of insanity. Why don’t we apply that to oursevles? My suggestion? Minnesota ought to secede and keep those monies here for those needs listed above. Anyone else have any suggestions? But please, let’s get serious, folks.

  2. nonviolentconflict July 19, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Reblogged this on NonviolentConflict.

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