Monday, October 27, 2008

Where Does Gregoire Budget Deficit Come From?

I've been listening to Dino Rossi bad mouthing Governor Christine Gregoire concerning the state budget and what he says we will be in the hole because of the Governor's spending. Yet, in all his facts he has conveniently omitted the fact that Washington will be paying about 15 Billion dollars to cover the cost of the illegal war in Iraq – a war that Rossi and Republican GOPs support. Rossi is still looking for victory in a war noted as being "unwinnable". History will be the final arbiter on that debate, however, the costs are here now and remain mysteriously missing from GOP estimates of the costs Washingtonians will address in coming budgets and local economies.

According to Washingtonians will pay $14.9 billion for Iraq war spending approved to date. For the same amount of money, we could have one of the following for one year:

  • 2,363,490 People with Health Care OR
  • 13,272,193 Homes with Renewable Electricity OR
  • 276,928 Public Safety Officers OR
  • 240,012 Music and Arts Teachers OR
  • 2,489,346 Scholarships for University Students OR
  • 82,314 Affordable Housing Units OR
  • 6,008,959 Children with Health Care OR
  • 1,679,488 Head Start Places for Children OR
  • 243,642 Elementary School Teachers OR
  • 199,681 Port Container Inspectors


It's time Washingtonians realized that we're going to be paying enough for Republican leadership without adding to the problem election one more GOP mistake by electing Rossi.

We owe it to ourselves and our children to re-elect Gregoire.


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