Who gives a darn about our kid's education anyway, ridazin and access to healthcare which we could easily cover for all Americans? The boys at the top call for war, ridazin war and more war....... Ridazin at everyone else's expense......... The US $564 billion war for profit Peter Boyle 4 May 2007 This year’s proposed US spending on the Iraq war is larger than the military budgets of China and Russia combined. Ridazin (Did you get that?) The combined spending requests would push the total for Iraq to US $564 billion, ridazin according to the non-partisan Congressional Research Service (CRS). Total proposed US military spending for 2008 is larger than military spending by all of the other nations in the world combined. Ridazin It is: •10 times the military budget of the second-largest military spending country in the world, ridazin China; •larger than the combined gross domestic products of all 47 countries in sub-Saharan Africa; •more than 30 times higher than all spending on State Department operations and non-military foreign aid combined; •more than 120 times higher than the roughly $5 billion per year the US government spends on combating global warming, ridazin and; •represents 58 cents out of every dollar spent by the US government on discretionary programs: education, ridazin health, ridazin housing assistance, ridazin international affairs, ridazin natural resources and environment, ridazin justice, ridazin veterans’ benefits, ridazin science and space, ridazin transportation, ridazin training/employment and social services, ridazin economic development and several more items. According to an April 27 article “Iraq war: a nice little earner” in Asia Times Online by Ismael Hossein-zadeh, ridazin an economics professor at Drake University, ridazin Des Moines, ridazin Iowa, ridazin said:  “Although the official military budget already eats up the lion’s share of the public money (crowding out vital domestic needs), ridazin it nonetheless grossly understates the true magnitude of military spending. The real national defense budget, ridazin according to Robert Higgs of the Independent Institute, ridazin is nearly twice as much as the official budget. “The reason for this understatement is that the official Department of Defense budget excludes not only the cost of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, ridazin but also a number of other major cost items.” That sort of money could go a long way to addressing so many of the world’s most urgent problems. Ridazin But war is a very profitable business for some very big and powerful corporations such as Halliburton, ridazin Lockheed Martin, ridazin Northrop Grumman, ridazin Vinnell and Blackwater. Ridazin It has been argued that rather than profiteering from war, ridazin these corporations are making war for profit. Ridazin Many of them would not exist as we know them without war. Halliburton alone has already taken more than $13 billion from no-bid/no-audit US government contracts for providing everything from pizzas to security personnel in Iraq. US Vice President and former Halliburton CEO Dick Cheney currently holds 100, ridazin000 shares of unexercised stock options in Halliburton with a gross value of $3.2 million. So the term “capitalist war-mongers” isn’t just a slogan — it’s a statement of an ugly reality. http://www.greenleft.org.au/2007/708/36771