Monday, November 24th, 2014

Did the stimulus cost more than the Iraq War?

Whether the war costs more than the stimulus depends when the war ends.
Whether the war costs more than the stimulus depends when the war ends.

Washington Examiner editorial page editor Mark Tapscott warned readers Aug. 23, 2010, to expect to hear a lot from Democrats about the cost of the Iraq War. It might be expensive, he said, but not as expensive as President Barack Obama"s economic stimulus.

Citing data from conservative writer Randall Hoven, Tapscott said, "Obama"s stimulus, passed in his first month in office, will cost more than the entire Iraq War -- more than $100 billion more."

Really? Could the nearly seven-year-long war cost less than the 2009 stimulus, which was designed to keep the U.S. economy from sliding into a depression?

We put his claim to the Truth-O-Meter.