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