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What half billion scheme? I suspect what they have done is look at everything - from very urgent to not vital to 'will never happen' - and given some idea of cost to these. If you add all these up, which I suspect is what you are doing, and it comes to half a billion, then it's not the same as them saying they should spend half a billion. That's your invention, probably because you like being angry with the States. You read things the way you want to read them, because soemhow it reinfroces your pre-conceived views. I don't have a view on which bits they should do. I am not an expert. However I do think that before prnouncing other people/humans to be idiots and power hungry lunatics, we all have a duty to engage our brain first and perhaps go as far as to check our facts. To back it up with "well they may something different, but what they mean is what I am saying" is frankly ludicrous.