What We Could Have Done With the Money: 50 Ways to Spend the Trillion Dollars We've Spent on Iraq

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.
. . . not to mention paying all credit card debt, buying everyone in the world an iPod, building 75 million solar-powered homes, and 39 other revealing pipe dreams.

Shocking, thought-provoking, and incredibly entertaining, Simpson takes a hard look at the government's top priorities--both what they are and what they should be.

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By Jennifer (Twin Falls, ID) · ★★★☆☆ · August 12, 2008
Some of the ideas in this short book are serious, but they are all presented in a humorous, tongue-in-cheek manner. I liked the idea that we use the trillion dollars to take everyone out to a ballgame (and there's enough money left over to put a few jumbotrons at little league parks, too). Or, we... ...more
By Katya (San Diego, CA) · ★★★☆☆ · January 02, 2009
I could think of some ways of spending all that money too! This book was a quick, fun read. I am sure we'll need an updated version soon. ...more