What We Could Have Done With the Money

50 Ways to Spend the Trillion Dollars We've Spent on Iraq

By Rob Simpson
(Hyperion, Paperback, 9781401323080, 128pp.)

Publication Date: July 2008

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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.




About the Author

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

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