|Originally posted by Delilah|
send 870,000 college students to college for four years at $25,000 a year. They'd have to pinch their pennies and go to state colleges/universities, but it could be done. Or, 4,350,000 students for one year at $20,000 a year.
|Fifty British troops have died in the war, 11 since May 1, when Bush declared major combat operations over. Blair has continued to support the U.S.-led military action, despite strong opposition within his own ruling Labor Party and steadily sinking approval numbers in the polls.|
Elsewhere, reaction was lukewarm. Australia, which contributed 2,000 troops to the U.S.-led military assault on Iraq, has ruled out sending soldiers to engage in peacekeeping. Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer, in a radio interview today, applauded Bush for emphasizing that "the job is not finished in Iraq."
Japan, which in the past has been quick to support peace-keeping initiatives, offered a noncommittal response. A spokesman for Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, voiced a basic understanding of Bush's call for Japan and Europe to chip in funds to help the security and reconstruction effort, but took the issue no further, the AP reported.
|reporter Jonathan Weisman compared the cost of the latest request to other government spending, noting that the $87 billion request is nearly triple the amount the federal government plans to spend on elementary and secondary education this year, and more than twice as much as the budget for homeland security.|
|Weisman, using Yale University economist William D. Nordhaus as a source, also noted that the $166 billion that has been spent or requested exceeds "the inflation-adjusted costs of the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Civil War, the Spanish American War and the Persian Gulf War combined" and "approaches the $191 billion inflation-adjusted cost of World War I."|
|Late last year, White House economic adviser Lawrence B. Lindsey lost his job after telling The Wall Street Journal that the war could cost as much as $200 million (in retrospect, maybe he got in trouble for underestimating).|