Steve Lopez: Southern California fighting battles, from our backyards to abroad - latimes.com
Go to costofwar.com, and you'll find that, by the website's calculations, Los Angeles city taxpayers have put up $12.9 billion of the $1.2 trillion spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001. Residents of L.A. County have coughed up $38 billion, and in Orange County, the meter is running at $15.9 billion.
Is there anyone out there who CAN'T think of better uses for all that dough?
Taxpayers in California, the state that can't close a $10-billion budget deficit, have kicked in $153 billion for the war in the last 10 years.