Americans Spend as Much on Lotteries as on Afghan War
Dems keep yelling that instead of spending billions on the war in Afghanistan, we need to spend for the poor on home. But here are some interesting facts:
1) The direct cost of the Afghan War will be approximately $650 billion through the end of FY2013. $450 billion of this is spent under Obama (if you split FY2009 cost evenly between Bush and Obama).
2) If you place all of the FY2009 Afghan spending on Bush, $422 billion of the war spending will be under Obama in four years, vs. only $228 billion spread over eight years of Bush.
3) In those eight Bush Years, Americans spent $350.5 billion on lotteries.
4) Excluding FY2013 (which started only recently), the Afghan War cost is $538 billion. In those same war years, Americans spent $532.6 billion on Lotteries.
5) This report suggest that the poor (for whom we need to end the war to spend more on Food Stamps), are the biggest Lottery spenders.
6) In Obama's four years in office (FY2009 through FY2012), Americans spent on average $58 billion a year on lotteries while Obama spent on average $71.2 billion a year on average for Food Stamps to help poor Americans use their earned cash and Unemployment Benefits to buy tens of billions in Lotteries...
All in All, A) Obama not Bush is spending like crazy on Afghanistan, yet you would not know it from listening to Democrats or squashy Republicans. B) The poor apparently waste some of their Gov-help money on Lotteries, which means we are doing just fine regardless how much we spend on wars.