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Pentagon: War Cost $8.4 Billion A Month
Keep A Count Using The Cost Of Iraq Running Total
01/22/2007 6:33 PM ET
Since Reuters reported on Friday that the steadily rising cost of the Iraq war would reach about $8.4 billion a month this year, perhaps some like to keep a tally on a moment by moment basis. For those who would like to watch closely, the National Priorities Project has running total of the cost of the war to U.S. taxpayers, based on data from Congressional Appropriations. The calculator can also be embedded on your own site. The site also has a section to compare it to other things such as public housing, college scholarships, kids' health, and pre-school.

At the moment of this posting, the cost of the war was: $360,407,064,625

Using the handy dandy "cost in your community" comparison. Instead of the war, we could have paid for:

Instead, we could have paid for 47,736,231 children to attend a year of Head Start

Instead, we could have built 3,245,141 additional housing units.

Instead, we could have provided 17,471,822 students four-year scholarships at public universities.

Instead, we could have hired 6,245,928 additional public school teachers for one year.

Instead, we could have insured 215,813,687 children for one year.

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