The Tax Dollar at Work

I’m nothing if not a sucker for politically manipulative online tools.  This one came across my inbox this morning, from the National Priorities Project.

Their cost of war counter doesn’t just showcase the arbitrary, difficult-to-contextualize total number of tax dollars being spent in the war in Iraq, in real time.  It also allows you to see specifically how much your community is paying, based on some formula that is beyond me to describe.  Once you select your city/town, you can also click on links like “public housing” and see how many units of public housing could have been built with the same amount of money, or “pre-schools” and see how many youngsters we could have sent to Head Start.

They have an embed feature but it doesn’t seem to be working, so visit the Cost of War Counter by clicking here.


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