Thursday, September 21, 2006

Iraq III: What Would You Do With $320 Billion?

The cost of the war in Iraq is approaching $320 billion.

That number, based on congressional appropriations, breaks down to $2,844 for every American household or $1,075 for every American, according to the National Priorities Project. That money is being gobbled up at a rate $10 million per hour and $244 million per day. (To see how much money is being spent in your U.S. state or hometown, click here.)
The NPP estimates that nearly $320 billion would pay for 41 million children to attend Head Start for a year, provide 189 million children with health insurance for a year, provide 15 million students four-year college scholarships, and build 2.9 million public housing units.

Considering what a catastrophe the war has been, that's a fair chunk of change that certainly could be put to better use.

If your household were given nearly $2,900, how would you spent it?

And if you were given the power to allocate nearly $320 billion, how would you spend it?
Please share your ideas -- serious, frivolous or otherwise -- by clicking on the COMMENTS link below. You don't have to give your name and comments from Anonymice are welcome.
Ready, set, spend!


Anonymous said...

I'd buy a little red wagon to put all my stuff in.

Anonymous said...

Do we really need to build 2.9 million more public housing units? The war hasn't turned out to be all it was cracked up to be, but it wasn't going to be cheap.