When I read about how much something COSTS, it gets me wondering.
How are these costs arrived at?
For instance. I will read about some poor soul lost and needed a search and rescue effort for three days.
Then I read in the papers about how much the rescue effort cost and the figure I read is a big number.
And then they talk about how the person lost should be billed for that rescue effort.
So now. The planes and ships were already in place. The staff is already in place. So where do the extra costs come in? Perhaps more gas and if they have to pay overtime or hire extra planes etc.
But if you're using the same people and same equipment as before, then the cost would be what was used in three days as compared to what would have been used anyway.
And what about training flights, etc.? Do you show how much those cost? It's the same thing isn't it?
I see the same type of thing for the cost of wars, etc. Well unless you disband the military those costs would have taken place anyway.
Do you see where I am coming from?