Here's a good article about how much spending the Bush administration has done in one year...
Very interesting, very upsetting, very real....
By the end of this year, the US Government will have spent $150bn on invading and then rebuilding Iraq. That sounds like a lot - but the real question
should be whether it is anywhere near enough.
COST OF THE WAR
Military operations so far: $143bn
Military operations (projected): $150bn-300bn
Reconstruction so far: $33bn (US $18.7bn)
Reconstruction (projected): $50bn-100bn
Extra security: $40bn-80bn
Sources: CBO, CSIS, World Bank
According to the Congressional Budget Office, a non-partisan body set up by the US Congress, the war and occupation of Iraq by 130,000 US troops costs
about $4bn-5bn (£2.2bn-2.7bn) per month, or $48bn-60bn per year.
Many experts now believe that US troop levels of this magnitude may be needed for the next 3-5 years, in contrast to earlier plans to reduce troop
levels to below 100,000 this year.
The Bush administration has chosen to finance the war by off-budget emergency supplemental appropriations, rather than include Iraq spending in the
budget sent to Congress.
The US is spending billions on rebuilding - but more might be needed
It was only after the war began, on 25 March 2003, that President Bush asked for $75bn extra to pay for the initial costs of the war.
And it was more than six months later before the next supplemental appropriation, for another $87bn, was made.
"The major problem is the Bush administration's unwillingness to face up to the need to finance any of the additional costs, whether the war in
Iraq, homeland security, or most important of all the new Medicare provisions," he says.
"Like a teenager who gets further in debt on a credit card, the Bush administration is racking up costs that will have to be paid in the future in
higher taxes or lower government programs.
The cost of the Iraq war: One year on
[Edited on 8-4-2004 by TrueLies]