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    $57,077.60: Surging by the Minute

    $57,077.60
    Surging by the Minute


    By Jo Comerford
    TomDispatch.com
    December 17, 2009


    $57,077.60. That’s what we’re paying per minute. Keep that in mind -- just for a minute or so.

    After all, the surge is already on. By the end of December, the first 1,500 U.S. troops will have landed in Afghanistan, a nation roughly the size of Texas, ranked by the United Nations as second worst in the world in terms of human development.

    Women and men from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, will be among the first to head out. It takes an estimated $1 million to send each of them surging into Afghanistan for one year. So a 30,000-person surge will be at least $30 billion, which brings us to that $57,077.60. That’s how much it will cost you, the taxpayer, for one minute of that surge.

    By the way, add up the yearly salary of a Marine from Camp Lejeune with four years of service, throw in his or her housing allowance, additional pay for dependents, and bonus pay for hazardous duty, imminent danger, and family separation, and you’ll still be many thousands of dollars short of that single minute’s sum.

    But perhaps this isn’t a time to quibble. After all, a job is a job, especially in the United States, which has lost seven million jobs since December 2007, while reporting record-high numbers of people seeking assistance to feed themselves and/or their families. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 36 million Americans, including one out of every four children, are currently on food stamps.

    On the other hand, given the woeful inadequacy of that “safety net,

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    The Ironic Thing

    The amount is massive no doubt, but the Ironic thing is we are paything them to rob from us...hahaaaa

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