wars cost 19 mil. an hour!
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Jake

Owensboro, KY

#23 Oct 2, 2012
I am going today to see if I qualify.
That way tomorrow you all can have someone else to gripe about. Go ME!!!!!

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Since: Jun 12

United States

#24 Oct 2, 2012
your name here wrote:
<quoted text>have you looked to see what food stamps cost the country? 77 billion a year, Therefore it costs 8.8 million per hour. The wars in Afghanistan and iraq costs a little over 700 billion over ten years, or a little under 8 million per hour. Therefore food stamps are more expensive for the country than the wars.
You're wrong - the total cost of both wars for the past 10 years is $1.4 trillion. Frankly, I'm not surprised by your error because accurate data/facts is something you always seem to struggle with.:)
your name here

Denver, CO

#25 Oct 2, 2012
prove it. I am going by the Federal budgeted amount listed. What are you going on?

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#26 Oct 2, 2012
your name here wrote:
prove it. I am going by the Federal budgeted amount listed. What are you going on?
http://costofwar.com/

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Since: Jun 12

United States

#27 Oct 2, 2012
your name here wrote:
prove it. I am going by the Federal budgeted amount listed. What are you going on?
http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0933935.html
your name here

Denver, CO

#28 Oct 2, 2012
now, how do they arrive at those numbers? How much is military expense, and how much is construction, infrastructure, humanitarian aide, etc?

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#29 Oct 2, 2012
your name here wrote:
now, how do they arrive at those numbers? How much is military expense, and how much is construction, infrastructure, humanitarian aide, etc?
I don't know, and I'm not sure it really matters - it's money we've spent in two avoidable wars. Most estimates that I've read give the total cost of both wars, taking into account direct costs, the costs of thousands of disabled troops, interest on the borrowed money, etc. to be at or near $4 trillion in 2020 when all if this self-inflicted damage should have come to an end.
your name here

Denver, CO

#30 Oct 2, 2012
the price we pay for being the only superpower left in the world. Someone needs to defend those that cannot defend themselves, and to help stop the spread of terrorism in the world. I don't agree with all the money spent on Infrastructure, construction projects, etc, and that consumes a big part of the money allocated to the wars. AS I said in my first post in this subject, both the wars and money spent on food stamps are avoidable.

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Since: Jun 12

United States

#32 Oct 2, 2012
your name here wrote:
the price we pay for being the only superpower left in the world. Someone needs to defend those that cannot defend themselves, and to help stop the spread of terrorism in the world. I don't agree with all the money spent on Infrastructure, construction projects, etc, and that consumes a big part of the money allocated to the wars. AS I said in my first post in this subject, both the wars and money spent on food stamps are avoidable.
We can no longer afford the high price of being the world's lone remaining super power, at least unless people stop seeing taxes and government as something evil as opposed to something good and necessary.
qwerty

Owensboro, KY

#33 Oct 2, 2012
rwtaylor56 wrote:
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We can no longer afford the high price of being the world's lone remaining super power, at least unless people stop seeing taxes and government as something evil as opposed to something good and necessary.
And what's your stance on Social Security??

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Since: Jun 12

Owensboro, KY

#34 Oct 2, 2012
qwerty wrote:
<quoted text>And what's your stance on Social Security??
Social Security has enabled millions of Americans to retire with dignity. With more and more employers shirking their responsibility to provide their workforce with the retirement security they earn, Social Security is going to be even more important in the future. It's critical that our elected representatives ensure its viability going forward.
qwerty

Owensboro, KY

#35 Oct 2, 2012
rwtaylor56 wrote:
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Social Security has enabled millions of Americans to retire with dignity. With more and more employers shirking their responsibility to provide their workforce with the retirement security they earn, Social Security is going to be even more important in the future. It's critical that our elected representatives ensure its viability going forward.
Sorry I wasn't more specific. I jumped the gun, assuming you agreed social security has been beneficial and is greatly needed. Obviously it is important. What is your stance on the fact that social security is "running out?" It's worriesome to think a portion of my taxes will not be available when needed and I will not be able to retire with dignity.

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Since: Jun 12

Owensboro, KY

#36 Oct 2, 2012
qwerty wrote:
<quoted text>Sorry I wasn't more specific. I jumped the gun, assuming you agreed social security has been beneficial and is greatly needed. Obviously it is important. What is your stance on the fact that social security is "running out?" It's worriesome to think a portion of my taxes will not be available when needed and I will not be able to retire with dignity.
Obviously I'd like to think that no changes will be necessary. However, with the baby boomers quickly approaching retirement age, people living longer and birth rates slowing there'll need to be changes to keep the program paying full benefits beyond 2037. A small increase in the retirement age along with a small increase in funding levels will keep it solvent for many years beyond today's projections, which is the path I prefer. Others see it as socialism that should be ripped out at the roots. I prefer the first method.:)
chickenhead

Shelton, CT

#37 Oct 2, 2012
rwtaylor56 wrote:
<quoted text>Obviously I'd like to think that no changes will be necessary. However, with the baby boomers quickly approaching retirement age, people living longer and birth rates slowing there'll need to be changes to keep the program paying full benefits beyond 2037. A small increase in the retirement age along with a small increase in funding levels will keep it solvent for many years beyond today's projections, which is the path I prefer. Others see it as socialism that should be ripped out at the roots. I prefer the first method.:)
Don't worry you'll be able to retire by the time you're 97. Maybe even 90 if we can fit some more printing presses in the federal reserve.

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Since: Jun 12

Owensboro, KY

#38 Oct 2, 2012
chickenhead wrote:
<quoted text>Don't worry you'll be able to retire by the time you're 97. Maybe even 90 if we can fit some more printing presses in the federal reserve.
I expect to be happily retired and drawing full benefits in less than 4 years - one of the few advantages of being an old fart.:)
qwerty

United States

#39 Oct 3, 2012
rwtaylor56 wrote:
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I expect to be happily retired and drawing full benefits in less than 4 years - one of the few advantages of being an old fart.:)
I still have about 35-40 years to go, maybe more if they raise the retirement age. There's a good chance I'll be on disability by that time with my health record. I've been working since age 16, if the age is raised, that's just more I'm paying towards it but less years I can claim it. Oh well, I probably shouldn't worry about it anyways until after 12/21.:p
Kelly

Owensboro, KY

#40 Oct 5, 2012
Jake wrote:
I am going today to see if I qualify.
That way tomorrow you all can have someone else to gripe about. Go ME!!!!!
Yum!
stinkfinger

Lexington, KY

#41 Oct 5, 2012
As much time as some folks devote to topix, I thought there were more soon to be retirees.
lol

United States

#42 Oct 5, 2012
stinkfinger wrote:
As much time as some folks devote to topix, I thought there were more soon to be retirees.
Nope, more like stay at home moms, those on unemployment and college kids

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