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$33 Billion for War, How Could I Spend Thee on Local Jobs?
Posted by Just Foreign Policy on April 23rd, 2010

From our partners at Just Foreign Policy

Sometime between now and Memorial Day, the House is expected to consider $33 billion more for war in Afghanistan. This "war supplemental" is largely intended to plug the hole in Afghanistan war spending for the current fiscal year caused by the ongoing addition of 30,000 troops in Afghanistan, whose purpose is largely to conduct a military offensive in Kandahar that 94% of the people there say they don’t want, preferring peace negotiations with the Taliban instead.

Of course, by itself the number $33 billion is totally meaningless. To make it meaningful, we need to compare it to something – what else could we do with $33 billion?

A recent missive from the AFL-CIO gives a compelling answer: we could use $33 billion to put America back to work:

 

If the Local Jobs for America Act (H.R. 4812) becomes law, it will create or save more than 675,000 local community jobs and more than 250,000 education jobs, according to the latest estimates from the House Education and Labor Committee.

According to the House Education and Labor Committee, the bill includes $75 billion over two years for local communities to hold off planned cuts or to hire back workers for local services who have been laid-off because of tight budgets. The bill also includes $24 billion, already approved by the House in December, to help states support 250,000 education jobs, put 5,500 law enforcement officers on the beat, and retain, rehire, and hire firefighters.

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  1. George Mues says:

    I'm not sure why RethinkAfghanistan contacted me. Possibly because I am a liberal Democrat and you think I would be anti-war. Well, in most cases I am. And when American commit atrocities, I want them tried, convicted, and punished. I was against the war in Iraq, because Iraq did nothing to us. But Osama Bin Laden is hiding out on the border of Afghanistan/Pakistan, and until he is caught, all the worlds military muscle should be applied to bring him to justice. Sorry, you cannot count on me to provide blanket opposition to all wars.

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