- According to current estimates, the cost of the Iraq War could exceed $700 billion.
- Operations costs in Iraq are estimated at $5.6 billion per month in 2005.
- Congress has already approved four spending bills for Iraq with funds totaling $204.4 billion.
This is not merely an economic issue. When we spend money, we make moral choices. Consider this:
The $204.4 billion appropriated thus far for the war in Iraq could have purchased any of the following desperately needed services in our country:
- 46,458,805 uninsured people receiving health care or
- 3,545,016 elementary school teachers or
- 27,093,473 Head Start places for children or
- 1,841,833 affordable housing units or
- 24,072 new elementary schools or
- 39,665,748 scholarships for university students
How would Jesus have budgeted? To spend $204B on a war of choice which has not enhanced, and perhaps has undermined, the security of a nation? Or to spend $204B to uplift people in need?