If we can cover our economic distress that way, why not the Iraq war?
The drama of human beings dying and a country like Iraq being devastated doesn't seem to register on many Americans. Perhaps that's because, as a nation, market logic has subsumed moral logic and nothing matters unless it is quantified.
In the world of sports, people with less than elementary school educations manage to remember intricate sports statistics and understand the computation of complex odds behind gambling.
In business, and now increasingly in life, the bottom line separates winners from losers. The tickers are everywhere.
So what about the numbers of war? Do you think most Americans understand what this conflict is costing them not only in lives lost but in what used to be called our "national treasure?"
Here's a number most of us don't know: $291,875,368,544. That's the official cost of the war, as I write, according to the national priorities project. They break all of this down on their website: http://nationalpriorities.org
It breaks down to $2,629 per household.
Which in turn translates into $1,168 per person.
Those of us here in New York State have coughed up $24,991,439,397.
What else could that money have bought?
Instead, we could have insured 174,967,057 children for one year.
Instead could have provided 14,164,972 students four-year scholarships at public universities.