It’s raise the Debt Ceiling…or cut spending? How about END THE WARS NOW!
Afghan war costs $300 million a day: Pentagon
(AFP) – 1 day ago
WASHINGTON — The withdrawal of American troops from Iraq will allow for a reduced US defense budget in 2012 but the war in Afghanistan still costs the United States close to 300 million dollars a day.
Under the Pentagon’s proposed budget, the cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will drop to $117.8 billion for fiscal year 2012, a reduction of 41.5 billion from the previous year.
As the US war effort winds down in Iraq, the budget sets aside $10.6 billion for “Operation New Dawn,” with the remaining 50,000 US troops there due to withdraw by the end of 2011.
Spending for the Afghan mission calls for $107.3 billion, down slightly from the last budget, which requested $113.5 billion.
President Barack Obama has vowed to start a withdrawal in July of the roughly 97,000 troops now in Afghanistan.
Both republicans and democrats are putting off attacking the need to cut ENTITLEMENTS. They fear reforming the private healthcare industry who are primary donors to their campaigns. I fear what cutting Social Security and, more so, cuts to MEDICARE. How does one go about cutting? Services? Options? What would a reformed private healthcare delivery system look like? Our leaders hesitate to tell us. I pay $96.50 a month for Medicare and there is a co-pay. How might that change, I wonder. I go to the doctor every three months for an office visit and new prescriptions. Surely that cannot change. They say that the bulk of the costs in this problem are for end-of-life care. That is a long way off for me, but, I am interested in knowing what lies ahead…like all of the baby-boomers who are now turning 65.
Mr. President, I suggest that you and the leaders of both parties in Congress meet in the Rose Garden AND JOINTLY ANNOUNCE THAT YOU WILL BE CHANGING ENTITLEMENTS and what we may expect…in general terms. This way no more waiting for the other to go first! How about that idea?