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Incredible number crunching on the war in Iraq

Monday, February 05, 2007

John Allen Paulos, a professor of mathematics at Temple University has done some number crunching on what we the people of the USA could have done with the trillion dollars spent on the Iraq war.

Here is the article.

Here are a few of the amazing stats:

  • The Treasury could have used the money to mail a check for more than $3,000 to every man, woman and child in the United States.

  • If the money was spent in an even more ecumenical way and a global mailing list was available, the Treasury could have sent a check for more than $150 to every human being on earth.

  • The annual budget of the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, which is approximately $670 million, or about two-thirds of $1 billion. The Iraq War has cost about 1,500 NHTSA's, several of which could probably have reduced the more than 40,000 Americans killed annually on our roads.

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