There's a disconnect.
In Illinois, we're facing much higher transit fares, much less transit service, fewer class hours, fewer after-school activities for children, fewer congestion-beating road and transit investments and more untreated sick residents because there isn't any money for investing in transit, schools, health care and other priorities. We might expand gambling in order to finance these quality-of-live investments. And this debate is happening in every state that wants to invest in people -- there just isn't enough up-front money to make the smart investments that will pay off for everyone.
Meanwhile, our federal government has just approved spending $100 billion for the war in Iraq.
That is so much money. All for somebody else's civil war.
Stop funding this war.