Michael Crawford

What Would You Do With $720,000,000?

Filed By Michael Crawford | February 23, 2008 1:28 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: HIV/AIDS, Iraq, war

$720,000,0000 is being spent every single day on the war in Iraq. This fantastic video from the American Friends Services Committee offers a range of options for how that money can be better spent.

If you could decide how that money was spent, what would you spend it on? I would spend on providing drugs to poor people living with HIV.

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Education and scientific research. Hands down. One of the best ways to eliminate prejudice is to educate. The smarter the people, the less likely to hold lowbrow prejudices.

If the economy could sustain it, and make no mistake it cannot. We are going to crash and burn soon.

But if we could somehow sustain that much money going into something that wouldn't return any real return for some time.. I would spend half on social programs and the other half would go to the space program. each catigory would get 131.4 billion a year. some real progress could be made.
Oh one catch. The money going to ether program sex would go with the stipulation that no increase in bureaucracy would be the result. the money must go on projects or people not employees.

This puts the money in our future both in current quality of life and in the case of the space program our future quality of life.

Take care

That's easy: First, make sure healthcare is a right for all, not a privilege for some. Second, make sure that all our schools have the kinds of facilities, supplies, and class sizes as schools in wealthy white suburbs. And third, undo a whole bunch of the damage Bush has done by promoting policies that actively widen the gap between rich and poor.

Er, that should be 'undo a whole bunch of the damage Bush has done with his promotion of policies that actively widen the gap between rich and poor.'

Brynn Craffey Brynn Craffey | February 23, 2008 8:29 PM

I showed the video to my 88-year-old dad. He hates Bush and what he's done to this country. He's adamantly against the war. As the video ended, he walked away from my computer, muttering and fuming at the senselessness and waste.

There are so many things I'd do with the money, I don't know where to begin.

Thanks for posting this, Michael.

I agree with Bil ( it must be love Bil, we agree so often), science and education would be priorities.

Developing ecologically safe energy sources, raising the next generation of scientists to tackle the problems we face now and in the future. These are all goals that need to be accomplished.

Undoing the enviromental damage that past generations and administrations have done to our planet is also important. What is the good of anything else, if the world we live on dies from our neglect?

I know exactly what I would do with it: I'd give it to Kim Pearson of Trans Youth Family Allies.

They need money to help the kids.

Don't give until it hurts; just give 'til it helps.



Please. They are doing fantastic work, and they need your help. I'm not a part of them, just very interested in the important work they are doing. They are making a difference. If this is a solicitation, I hope it is approved, Bil.

Shari M.

"I would spend on providing drugs to poor people living with HIV."
I fully agree with you Michael.
This is what I've been doing for over a year and not even scratching the surface of what is needed.

Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | February 25, 2008 10:37 AM

The United States is in great danger of becoming a third rate country because we have allowed the education system that was the envy of the world to become a shambles. If you are a student in India, China, even Europe studying engineering in EVEN A TOP American engineering school is less a priority than ever because the quality of the education they can obtain in China or India is that much better. In the short term we are facing a crisis not only in education, but entitlements. As I have paid into Social Security for nearly 40 years without complaint I feel entitled. Shortly, very shortly, our day of expecting that "guns and butter" can cooexist will be over. I ask why do we have military bases in Japan, Germany, and Korea? Why are OUR battleships protecting the sea lanes that transport oil from the Middle East to Europe? Not a drop of the fuel comes here. It is time to truly evaluate all aspects of foreign entanglements and that needs to include Isreal and her foot dragging settling the Palestinian issue. Isreal is the largest recipient of foreign aid from the United States even though she handily defeated five countries in the 1967 war and is many times stronger today. We are hated in the Arab world because of that unquestioning support and it contibutes to the involvement we have in Iraq and the occasional suggestion that we should also invade Iran "since we are in the neighborhood." It is overdue for America to mend her own wounds and let the European Union take charge of defending themselves.

I would feed the hungry, educate the ignorant, and hire every unemployed transgender woman in the world to help accomplish it. With full health benefits. And Sue, Welcome back.

OOOPS. That was an old post. I meant well, Sue. I meant well.