US Soldiers in the Afghan War

It's tax day, when the salaried and forward-thinking bask in the cash of their already-received returns, and procrastinating freelancers rush to the post office. A new website, however, urges you to think about more than whether or not you'll be able to afford a new computer. RethinkAfghanistan.com will use your income and filing status to calculate how much personally spent on the war in Afghanistan, which is turning ten and going on never-ending. 

According to the site, if you earned $40,000 in 2010, you spent $1,671 dollars on fighting in Afghanistan alone. If you made $100,000, you spent nearly six-thousand dollars. If you think the number feels a little high (which I can't imagine you won't, given the war's endless drag and plunging approval rate), the site will auto-generate a letter to your congressman, telling him you'd prefer your money spent in other ways.   

In either case, the 107-billion-dollar annual cost of the war is worth keeping in mind, in a political season when all anyone can talk about is balancing the budget. And yet, the "budget" they're discussing doesn't include military spending. And the thirty-eight billion we're so obsessed with cutting is just a trifle less than the forty-two billion the extension of Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy will cost the government. So, buy yourself that iPad 2, but remember to be a little pissed off and vote, too. 

Commentarium (15 Comments)

Apr 18 11 - 1:18pm
TAL

Thankfully I'm too poor to have to pay taxes on my meager income.

Apr 18 11 - 1:41pm
LAT

Non-thankfully I'm too poor to have to pay taxes on my meager income.

Apr 18 11 - 4:27pm
Ryan

Remember, tax cuts are evil. Especially when they're for rich people. Cutting spending in the military or social programs would be an absolutely terrible, immoral, and infeasible idea.

Apr 18 11 - 11:39pm
GreenEyeshade

Yes, just send the bill to our children.

What kind of people puts their children into this kind of debt? Generations of Americans worked hard so that their children would have better lives. The last couple of generations has indebted our children so that they could live better. Disgusting, that.

Apr 18 11 - 4:43pm
GreenEyeshade

I'm trying to figure out how the cost distributes out based on income. The cost of the war (and 40+% of the Federal Government) will be borne by our children and grandchildren.

Silly accounting, this.

Apr 18 11 - 6:52pm
Cam

Did they factor in how much those who died on 9/11 had to pay?

Apr 18 11 - 8:22pm
Tat

Well, no, silly, because the war had not started yet.

Apr 19 11 - 2:19am
RW

Considering how much time and money (and weapons) we put into Afghanistan in the 80s having bin Laden and friends fight the Soviets, you could argue that the war has been going on for quite some time.

Apr 19 11 - 12:41am
House of Warship

While the economy is crap, it's still disturbing that the war in Afghanistan is made relevant through the percentage of tax dollars that we pay. This is a great deal of money that I wish was going towards different causes however if this is your interaction with the war, you should consider yourself lucky. Let's consider American, ISAF and Afghan casualties for a moment, as well as those suffering from traumatic brain injuries, PTSD, injuries as well as the families of those serving. Is this how we view warfare in the absence of a draft? How much do I pay for the war in Afghanistan? Treasure, but not blood, and we should always remember that.

Apr 19 11 - 11:35am
Kogo

Is it just ridiculously naive of me to want NEITHER treasure NOR blood spent on Afghanistan?

Apr 20 11 - 8:56am
RuleofLaw

Naive? Perhaps. Unrealistic, certainly.

Apr 19 11 - 3:11am
Thing is...

we got all of our taxes back.

Apr 20 11 - 8:53am
RuleofLaw

The fact that 45% of households pay no Federal income tax is a very troubling fact for our future.

Oct 17 11 - 6:46pm
thomas

i make 20k stupid author of this site thinks that the "tax cuts for the wealthy" are the problem. hahahah. ill gladly pay my share of taxes even on only a measly 20k if it goes to the military and building a fence on the southern border. its all the other bullshit the libs spend on that is ruining this country.

Mar 25 12 - 7:49pm
Manda

Like schools, and healthcare, amirite? Those damn libs, always wanting people to have a roof over their heads and shit. Much better off building a huge fence.