Bush instead of Gore in the White House
cost Americans approximately $39,233 each...so far!
Suppose Al Gore was in the White House
now instead of George Bush?
How much money would America have saved
in the last three years?
And how much money has Bush cost us so
Let's start with the Afghan war.
How much did that cost? "$50 billion."
The war on Iraq? "Hard to say.
Jobs lost? "2.5 million jobs times
approximately $30,000 per job equals what?"
Gifts to friendly weapons manufacturers
and oil execs? "Put down $10 billion although it's probably more."
The Israel/Palestine foreign policy debacle
costing the lives of 700+ Jews and 3000+ Muslims? "$20 billion and
If Al Gore had been in the White House
in 2001, he would not have ignored the many pre-9-11 warnings. How
much did 9-11 cost us? "No idea."
Cost at the gas pump? "50 cents per
gallon. 25 gallons per car. 100 million cars." I'm out
of my league here.
Tax benefits to the rich? "$50 billion?"
(Bart's opinion - over a trillion)
I don't know what other costs Bush has
Utilities deregulation pyramid schemes
leading to the California disaster and the Great Blackout of 2003?
FBI surveillance of our libraries?
Anthrax vaccines? Pension plan gouging? Selling off our national
Vote tampering? Extra jails?
What's all that add up to? I'm not Einstein. You do the math.
Now divide that by 250 million Americans.
What did you get?
I figure that not having Al Gore in the
White House has cost every man,
woman and child in America at least $39,233...so
That seemed like a lot of bucks to plug
into a "what if" alternative universe situation so I ran my figures past
economist Robert Zimmerman. Here's
what he had to say: "Remember that there will be interest on current
projected deficits, over $1 trillion over
the next 20 years. The costs of new terrorist attacks emanating from
new hatreds resulting from Bush's action
-- incalculable. Continuing and future costs of the Bush military
-- trillions. Plus you have to add in reduced
contributions to our economy from small business as a result of Bush's
focus on giant corporations and also our
reduced opportunities for legitimate foreign trade resulting from hatreds
fueled by Bush military adventurism. Your
list, this list, and the entire list are absolutely mind-boggling."
Regards, Jane Stillwater, Berkeley, CA
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