Friday, April 22, 2005

$ 300,000,000,000. 

That's how much the Iraq War has cost -- in money, not lives -- so far. That's three hundred billion, with a "b". Three hundred billion. Hm. Let's see what three hundred billion can buy when it's not being used for death, destruction and oil-stealing:For everything else, there's Mastercard...

Incidentally, a stack of 300 billion dollar bills would be over 20,000 miles high. A stack of that many quarters would reach the moon and make it a third of the way back. (That much money in quarters would reach from the Earth to the moon five times, plus nearly half a trip again, and put those quarters end-to-end, they'd stretch most of the way between Earth and Venus.)

If you'd like these mind-boggling numbers in terms of time and not money, they've done the work at What Really Happened already:
  • A billion seconds ago, it was 1959.

  • A billion minutes ago, Jesus was alive.

  • A billion hours ago, our ancestors were living in the Stone Age.

  • A billion dollars ago was only 8 hours and 20 minutes, at the rate Washington spends it.

And it's YOUR money.
Yes, your money. Every single one of you paid $1,200 to this loonatic effort that has accomplished nothing but the deaths of over 1,500 Americans, the permanent injury of tens of thousands more; the deaths and injuries of unknown hundreds of thousands of Iraqis; chaos, destabilization and possible civil war in Iraq; renewed coziness between Russia and Iran.

Three hundred billion dollars. Enough to give $192,061,460 to the families of every single one of the 1,562 American soldiers killed for nothing. The same dead soldiers for whom the government somehow couldn't come up with the $600 or so each (less than a million bucks total) to give them full body armor.

You did pay your taxes last week. Didn't you?

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