What does $456 billion buy?

The estimated total cost for the Iraq War may reach $456 billion in September, according to the National Priorities Project. The amount got The Boston Globe wondering: What would $456 billion buy?
  • "14.5 million years through Harvard (44 million at UMass).
  • "Medicare benefits for one year.
  • "Eliminate starvation and malnutrition globally by 2015, while $30 billion would provide a year of primary education for every child on earth."

1 Comment:

Mark said...

"Eliminate starvation and malnutrition globally by 2015"

I find that hard to believe. Logically, in cultures where starvation is the primary method of population control, a massive infusion of food would result in short-term survival rates but long-term problems as the population would surge until the new infrastructure could not support it, resulting in the same problems as today only with 10 times as many people. Simply buying food for 3rd world countries is a non-answer.