BANGOR, MAINE – I revived my 6th grade math skills from an 18-year slumber yesterday. With the help of a photographer from the Bangor Daily News we broke down a by-the-minute account of how out of whack the priorities of this administration are. I was showing the photographer the features on our Iraq war cost calculator which tells you how much the war is costing each state, county, and the U.S. overall. The calculator also tells you what the government could have spent the money on instead: like heath care for millions or college tuition for hundreds of thousands. It also gives a running total of the cost of the war that can give you a headache just looking at it.
The photographer was curious about what the cost was to the state up to the very minute.Using the second hand on my watch we figured out that the people of Maine are spending roughly $510 EVERY MINUTE on the war in Iraq. With 1440 minutes in the day, Maine residents, much like all Americans, are digging deep into their pockets to fund an endless war and getting nothing in return.