Tuesday, September 17, 2013

In Dollars and Cents, How Much Is Your Life Worth?

Trey Smith

With the crisis in Syria averted -- for now -- the Obama administration and Congress have turned their attention once again to "furthering their plans to attack the social programs on which tens of millions of working people in the United States depend on for their health and livelihood." We have proposals to cut Food Stamps, postpone the implementation of Obamacare for one year, extend the sequester and, of course, to take another run at privatizing Social Security.

All of these proposed cuts and so many more have got me to thinking about the economic value of the average American life. How much in dollars and cents, does the government spend on each American? I don't have the answer to that question, but I'm fairly certain it is not worth nearly as much al-Qaeda members in Afghanistan!

As reported by Paul Craig Roberts,
At the Marine Corps War College, Jim Lacey calculated that the annual cost of the Afghan war was $1.5 billion for each al-Qaeda member in Afghanistan.
Do you think that the federal government spends an average of $1.5 billion on our puny lives? Me either!

Why is it that our government leaders are more than willing to spend egregious amounts of money on ending life, while spending so little on promoting life?

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