Federal Opinion

What $1.2 Trillion Could Have Bought

By Alexander Russo — January 17, 2007 1 min read
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“The human mind isn’t very well equipped to make sense of a figure like $1.2 trillion. We don’t deal with a trillion of anything in our daily lives, and so when we come across such a big number, it is hard to distinguish it from any other big number,” begins this NYT article on how much the Iraq war has cost -- and what that money could have been used for instead (What $1.2 Trillion Can Buy - New York Times). It actually takes a fair amount of work to spend that much, even including high-cost items like universal preschool.

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