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January 26, 2005
Follow. The. Money.

Your government in action.

You want to know what the Bush Administration cares about?

Funds promised (but not delivered) for tsunami relief: $650,000,000.
Funds allocated to build a new embassy in Iraq, up to: $2,000,000,000,000.

Got that?

The people:    $650,000,000
The building:  $2,000,000,000,000
The reason: There's a lot of oil in Iraq.

Link provided for those of you still delusional enough to think the Bush Administration means well by the people of the world.

I mean...just think of what hundreds of thousands of poverty-level or near-poverty level families could have done with their $1,200 per person contribution to the war. Food. Shelter. Transporation. Health insurance.

Heck, they could even have paid a few of the medical bills caused by the gutting of OSHA over the years. (Bush on OSHA, scroll down, link via Josh Marshall).

And another fun quote:

At nearly $105 billion, total funding for military operations [in Asian nations] in 2005 would be more than 13 times larger than Bush's budget for the Environmental Protection Agency.

Isn't that fun? We have unlimited billions to spend on killing people but not a lot to spend on protecting the world they would have lived on if they hadn't died.

Hey! Maybe that's the Bush Administration's answer to Kyoto? They won't agree to cut corporate emissions...but they're assuming that by removing a few hundred thousand people from the planet and impoverishing millions of others, that "market forces" will consequently reduce emissions? After all, dead people don't drive cars and poor people don't buy as many goods produced from polluting industries and can't pay for heating oil or anything else.

Posted by AnneZook at 10:57 AM


"Funds allocated to build a new embassy in Iraq, up to: $2,000,000,000,000."

Given that two trillion dollars is the entire U.S. government budget for a year, this seems a tad implausible. Even one hundred times less -- twenty billion dollars -- seems a bit implausible, as I believe no building on planet Earth has ever cost remotely such a figure. The most expensive building ever built is said to be the Hong Kong Shanghai Bank at approximately one billion dollars.

Also, your link doesn't go to any entry, but simply to the the MoJo blog, where a "find" search finds no entry for the word "embassy." (I don't doubt that you read an entry there; it simply would be useful to link to it if you're discussing it, rather then simply linking to an entire blog; I'm rather curious to know more about how one can build a building that costs two trillion dollars, myself.)

Incidentally, the HTML of your blog is written in a way that sizes your comment box in such a way that IE 5.5 completely prevents reaching the bottom where the "post" button is; I had to temporarily switch to another browser on this Pentium 1 to post this.

Posted by: Gary Farber at January 29, 2005 07:29 PM