In GOP, Concern Over Iraq Price Tag http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/washpost/20030926/ts_washpost/a2213_2003sep25 "A new curriculum for training an Iraqi army for $164 million. Five hundred experts, at $200,000 each, to investigate crimes against humanity. A witness protection program for $200,000 per Iraqi participant. A computer study for the Iraqi postal service: $54 million." "...$100 million to build seven planned communities with a total of 3,258 houses, plus roads, an elementary school, two high schools, a clinic, a place of worship and a market for each; $10 million to finance 100 prison-building experts for six months, at $100,000 an expert; 40 garbage trucks at $50,000 each; $900 million to import petroleum products such as kerosene and diesel to a country with the world's second-largest oil reserves; and $20 million for a four-week business course, at $10,000 per student." Looks like some Republicans are starting to realize the political ramifications for this regarding their fiscal conservatism. I would guess many Americans might be wondering why their schools and libraries are closing, their health plans are getting cut, and their local taxes are being raised...all when the U.S. government can afford to IMPORT oil into Iraq. One conservative said it best: "We're not talking sanity here," Dyer said. "The world's second-largest oil country is importing oil, and a country full of concrete is importing concrete." Remind anyone of that $50 million bridge story from last week?