What We Could Have Done With the Money: 50 Ways to Spend the Trillion Dollars We've Spent on Iraq

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The war in Iraq is not only controversial, it's also astronomically expensive. Now Rob Simpson answers the question many concerned Americans have been asking: Wasn't there some other way the government could have spent one trillion of our tax dollars

What We Could Have Done with the Money presents 50 thought-provoking spending alternatives. With a trillion dollars, we could . . .

Fix Social Security right now: Stop worrying. Stop debating. It's done. Over. Fixed.End homelessness in America: House 15 million homeless families, get a million kids out of foster care, and have change to spare! Give everyone in the world satellite TV: Can we have the revolution later? I'm watching CSI right now.Pay everyone in Iraq to be nice to each other: Hey! If someone tripled your salary for the next 20 years, wouldn't you behave? Go Green: Give 100 million car buyers a $10,000 subsidy on their hybrid.Or gold . . . : Pave every highway in America with gold leaf.Play ball! : Fly everyone in Iraq to America, put them up in a nice hotel for three days with all the extras, take them to a baseball game and fly them home . . . and have a lot leftover.Cure cancer: Double research spending for as long as it takes.

. . . not to mention paying all credit card debt, buying everyone in the world an iPod, building 75 million solar-powered homes, and 39 other revealing pipe dreams.

Shocking, thought-provoking, and incredibly entertaining, Simpson takes a hard look at the government's top priorities--both what they are and what they should be.

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Rob Simpson is an advertising executive. He lives in Cinncinnati.

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When the cost of the war in Iraq reached $1 trillion, the figure was so numbing that the news caused little reaction except to rile Simpson, a music critic and radio announcer. He figured that if Americans understood that for $1 trillion, for example, the highways and streets of our cities could have been paved in gold, they would be more outraged about the war. Simpson catalogs 50 ways the money could have been spent: reducing the national debt, bolstering Medicare, investing in solar power, improving veterans’ benefits, raising pay for teachers and police. With $1 trillion, we could send every high-school student in the U.S. to a four-year college tuition free. On the more humorous side, the money could buy iPods for everyone on the planet or finance the mother of all lotteries with a grand prize worth $1 billion, with 1,000 second prizes of $1 million each. A sobering and sometimes amusing look at the cost of the war in Iraq. --Vanessa Bush

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