When America goes to war, what do the people want to know? I don’t mean the military; I’m talking about the average citizen.

They want to know how much it might cost, how long will it take, what is the goal, what does victory look like and what is the exit strategy.

They might ask what the justification for war might be and how to gauge if we are winning or losing.

Take our two most recent wars. Just a few months ago, the Huffington Post wrote that, “the Iraq war cost $800 billion, and what do we have to show for it? The toll on the people of Iraq was even greater. A decade of war left chaos and impoverishment…”

Those are good points. Points you’ll want to recall as you read on.

That is a pretty hefty price, and if you add Afghanistan, it is estimated to be between $4 and $6 trillion before it’s all done.

Now money aside, one has to then decide whether it is/was worth it. Did we accomplish our goal? Did we win? Have we taught the Iraqis and Afghans these to “fish”, so when we leave, they can survive on their own?

I’ll leave all these questions about Iraq and Afghanistan to others for these are not the wars I’m concerned with.

I’m speaking about the “War on Poverty”; LBJ’s welfare boondoggle that has done more harm to our country than any terrorist organization.

So if the progressives wish to call it a war, let’s treat it that way.

First is cost: to date the “War on Poverty” has cost the American taxpayer an estimated $18 trillion since 1965. That’s more than twice the amount that we spent on all other real wars combined, from the Revolutionary to Afghanistan.

Second: how long will it take? Answer: Forever or until we go broke. Politicians won’t allow it to end. It’s a great source of power to them.

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