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The President's Alternate Universe

pzaqwer Wrote: Nov 05, 2012 7:51 PM
Caring for veterans, more than 2 million of them, could alone reach $1 trillion, according to Paul Rieckhoff, executive director of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, in Congressional testimony in July. More than 32,000 soldiers were wounded in Iraq, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. Altogether, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan could cost the U.S. between $4 trillion and $6 trillion. The U.S. has already spent $2 trillion on the wars after including debt interest and the higher cost of veterans’ disabilities.
pzaqwer Wrote: Nov 05, 2012 7:51 PM
The annual budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs has more than doubled since 2003 to a requested $132 billion for fiscal 2012. That amount is expected to rise sharply over the next four decades as lingering health problems for veterans become more serious as they grow older.

Costs for Vietnam veterans did not peak until 30 or 40 years after the end of the war, according to the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. “We will have a vast overhang in domestic costs for caring for the wounded and covering retirement expenditure of the war fighters,” said Loren Thompson, a policy expert with the Lexington Institute. “The U.S. will continue to incur major costs for decades to come.”

Remember when Republicans pounced on President Obama's July remark that his economic planned "worked"?  Democrats went ballistic, accusing conservatives of taking the president's words "out of context."  He was referring to President Clinton's tax policies, you see, not his programs, per se.  That was the argument, which I contended was a tacit admission that his plans hadn't worked.  Well, guess what The One had to say in Wisconsin just today?
 

We tried our ideas. They worked. The economy grew. We created jobs. Deficits went down. We tried their ideas. They didn't work. The economy...