then for purposes of comparison between programs, either all spending must be counted as attached to debt, or all spending must be counted free of debt. You cannot attach interest to the score of spending you don't like, and not attach it to spending you prefer to score low.When you view the federal budget simply as net income and expenditures, all expenditures greater than income must become debt. Every single expenditure, from war, to bailouts, to medicare, to everything else, counts equally under expenditures.
I am asserting that the war has not cost $3.7 Trillion. I add in that the point that claims that it has cost that much are counting future liabilities against current costs which, as I have demonstrated, would only result in putting war spending back in its' place as far below entitlements.Lastly, are you really trying to assert that the war hasn't costed 3.7 billion dollars? Do I really require more sources?
This is why the best form of comparison is spending as a % of GDP. It gives you a real time snapshot of comparative spending.