Random thought 2

8378-m.jpgN.B. I’m going to post random thoughts on weekends. We all need to laugh, learn, and think in small amounts on weekends, and this is my small contribution

There are approximately 300,000,000 people in the U.S.

The U.S. is spending roughly $275 million* per day on the Iraqi war.

Celestron Nexstar 5″ Schmidt-Cassegrain GoTo scopes cost $799 plus shipping.

If the U.S. government spent on its people what it spends in Iraq in one day every person in America could own a nice GoTo telescope.

(I really don’t understand why every school in America can’t have a nice telescope.)

*Does anyone know a better reference?

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  1. Jesse L. Purdom May 14, 2007 at 9:39 pm #

    With regards to a good reference on the cost of the Iraq War, see http://costofwar.com Note however that while the reference listed may be more accurate technically, your’s is better. :-)

  2. pamela May 14, 2007 at 10:59 pm #

    Thanks so much for that reference!

    Doonsbury speaks a lot of truths that really make a person think.

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