Tradeoffs

Resources are not finite. So, taking any course of action has an effect on other choices. Act. Delay. Dispose.

The following is a bit of a fallacy faulty logic. Our national debate leading up to the Iraq war was clouded by the emotions still lingering from 9/11. We don’t make choices like lining up the pros and cons of one idea versus another. We chose between like ideas. War: Yes or no, in this case.

Still, it is positive to think in other ways. A site called National Priorities suggests making choices on a broader range of issues. Given our resources should we choose war (to keep the debate going here) or another national or social need?

The site has a calculator for the war costs and choices for redirecting that money. What if the money Lake County, Illinois, taxpayers contributed went instead to other needs, like renewable energy?

Taxpayers in Lake County, Illinois will pay $2.6 billion for total Iraq war spending approved to date. For the same amount of money, the following could have been provided:

3,523,639 Homes with Renewable Electricity for One Year

Play around. Don’t get lost.

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