Tuesday, December 14, 2004

One way to see money

When the government talks about deficit, and it's in the millions or billions, it's hard to picture what that means. We know what a dollar bill looks like --or in the case of Canadians, what a $5 bill looks like-- but what does $87 billion look like, one dollar on top of the other? $87 billion is what President Bush asked in additional funds to Congress in September 2003 in order to continue the fight in Afghanistan and Irak.

It's so large that it's almost impossible to imagine. Well, wonder no more. This is what $87,000,000,000,000.00 looks like.

And if you're interested in finding out the real costs of the war in Irak, go to to National Priorities Project Cost of War page. Now try to imagine that much money.

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