Learn to add, America

By now, I’m sure you’re as sick of hearing about the war in Iraq as most Americans are, so I express my sympathies for bringing [it] up again. But there’s something about the Iraq War that most Americans don’t really think about. Sure, we hear about the death toll (over 50,000), but we rarely hear about how it’s affecting each of us directly, here at home. As of right now, this very moment, the war is costing Americans $338 million (no, that’s not a typo) each day, and our government is borrowing $343 million a day to finance a war that more and more of us have stopped believing in.

What happened to an America that was concerned about its citizens, that wanted equal education for all of its children, that wanted every member to be as healthy as possible? With the war stealing away money that we don’t have, soon states will have to cut down their budgets, and most of that money is going to be taken from the education system, welfare and all sorts of other things that everyday, working-class Americans need to get by. And then, to kick us while we’re down: gas prices, which have doubled since this war started.

The numbers add up: More money for the war means less money for surviving in the gritty reality of life in America.

— Reb Knight
Mars Hill

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