Give Back The Money To American Citizens–Now!!!
In a New York Times report today, we see that the Iraq government is getting the better of us. The Times said “Soaring oil prices will leave the Iraqi government with a cumulative budget surplus of as much as $79 billion by year’s end…” That’s according to an American Accountability Office.
But here’s the real temper banger: Iraq has spent only a minute fraction of that on reconstruction costs, while America pours billions of dollars into that war-torn country.
The Times article said that the unspent windfall, which covers surpluses from oil sales since 2005, appears likely to reinforce growing debate about the approximately $48 billion in American taxpayer money devoted to rebuilding Iraq since the American-led invasion. Growing Debate? I say we storm the White House and demand they get our money back.
I don’t care where it comes from, but since we still have 300,000 troops there and are providing security, our boys dieing every day, that we tap the bank account until we get $48 billion. Then I suggest we refund this money to everyone–not just to taxpayers, because in many cases poor people have lost sons and daughters in this war, too. The group of beneficiaries should include taxpayers, but join to them poor, non- taxpaying people who have had their kids killed in this “keep us safe” war these past 5 years.
If we don’t do this, do you know where these billions of dollars will end up? In the personal bank accounts of Iraqi government leaders, that’s where! Let’s demand this money comes to America and gets distributed. And I’m a conservative Republican talking. If a groundswell of people, liberals and conservatives alike, rose up and demanded the money you can bet President Bush and his entire cabinet would take notice and get us the money. It’s an election year, isn’t it?
In one comparison, the United States has spent $23.2 billion in the critical areas of security, oil, electricity and water since the 2003 invasion, the report said. But from 2005 through April 2008, Iraq has spent just $3.9 billion on similar services.
Over all, the report from the Government Accountability Office estimates, Iraqi oil revenue from 2005 through the end of this year will amount to at least $156 billion. And in an odd financial twist, a large amount of the surplus money is sitting in an American bank in New York — nearly $10 billion at the end of 2007, with more expected this year, when the accountability office estimates a skyrocketing surplus.
We can thank two senators for making public the report. It was requested by Carl Levin, Democrat of Michigan, and John W. Warner, Republican of Virginia, and on Tuesday they were quick to express strong dissatisfaction over the contrast between American spending on reconstruction and the weak record of spending by Iraq itself. Gentlemen, get angry! You’re too polite…get our money back.