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Saving Lives We Count the Cost, In Taking Them Cost is No Object


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When deciding how to move forward with our roughly $100 billion a year war in Afghanistan, President Obama¬† apparently didn’t even take into consideration the issue of cost at least according to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. From Huffington Post:

“On the president’s Af-Pak decision, is cost in any way a factor in how many troops are brought home next month, or the initial drawdown? Will it possibly impact that at all?” a White House reporter asked.

“No,” said Carney, “as I said before, in response to a question regarding a story about this, obviously as enormously powerful and wealthy we are as a country we have limited resources and we have to make decisions. The president has to make decisions about priorities.”

This is the same President that called health care reform a moral imperative to save thousand lives, yet still promised to not sign a bill expanding coverage unless its CBO price tag was below $900 billion and didn’t add one dime to the deficit. These stringent conditions result in aid being unnecessarily delayed and coverage made insufficiently affordable.

Apparently the position of our government that when it comes to saving the lives of regular Americans it will only be done if it can done on a tight budget but when it comes to killing foreign people cost is no object.

I don’t want to just single Obama out, this budget priority dichotomy has been accepted by almost everyone in Washington for a very long time.


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Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at

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