Ever since people started complaining about the War in Iraq (which is to say, ever since the war started), we've had people compiling statistics to show just how costly it has become or potentially could be. One such group of people is the called the National Priorities Project, where they maintain a website called costofwar.com. Here's the counter they provide:
Cost of the War in Iraq
For the purposes of this entry, I want to focus purely on the monetary aspect of the war, so please excuse me while I don't mention the cost of the human lives lost.
As of this writing, Congress has appropriated around $271,000,000,000 to support the War in Iraq (I'm ignoring the Afghanistan figures).
This is a completely unimaginable amount of money. This exceeds the net worth of the world's richest man by 450%. To think of all the good uses this pile of cash could have been traded for, it's almost sickening that we used it to drop bombs on people.
Although I think it would be impossible for one person to spend this much money in a lifetime, I'm still going to hypothetically try. Here are some of my suggestions for things to buy with this enormous amount of money.
- 1,800,000 Aston Martin Vanquish cars.
- 270 billion Junior Bacon Cheeseburgers at Wendys.
- A new Space Shuttle and two manned trips to the moon, or most of the money needed for a manned trip to Mars.
- Six space elevators.
- A vacation home in every city on the planet.
- Enough research to probably find a cure for AIDS, cancer, or gingivitis.
- 50 nuclear power plants.
- Millions of acres of farm land and transportation vehicles to eliminate world hunger.
- Public housing for all the homeless people in the USA, so that bum will stop flashing you through your office window.
- A tank of gasoline for your car.
Or we could just give it all back, socialist style.
Okay, your turn. What would you do with $270 billion ?