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Cost of one F-22 Raptor tactical fighter jet — $225 million
Cost of the ongoing U.S. war in Iraq–$228 million/day
Amount spent by Kerry and Bush campaigns — $400 million
U.S. aid to Yushenko camp in recent Ukrainian conflict — $30+ million
Estimated cost of Bush’s Second Inauguration and Ball — $ 40+ million
Amount of U.S. tax cuts under Bush — $1 trillion
Cost of the U.S. Iraq War in 2004 — $147 billion
U.S. reconstruction aid budgeted for Iraq (though never spent!) — $18 billion
Amount the U.S. initially in aid to Indian Ocean tsunami victims — $ 10 million
Amount U.S. offered in tsunami aid after being chastised by UN official — $35 million
DAVE LINDORFF is the author of Killing Time: an Investigation into the Death Row Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal. His new book of CounterPunch columns titled "This Can’t be Happening!" to be published this fall by Common Courage Press. Information about both books and other work by Lindorff can be found at www.thiscantbehappening.net.
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