We all love to splurge a little once in a while. Save up some money and do something nice with it, really go a little beyond our normal spending - maybe it's a vacation, maybe it's a nice gift for a friend, or maybe it's buying universal healthcare for 300 million Americans.
Oh yeah, universal health care was one of the things I bought on my $3 Trillion Shopping Spree. I did it at the website 3trillion.org, which asks the question: "The occupation of Iraq will cost $3 trillion...can YOU spend that money better?" It's an interesting exercise, and a great way to put the costs of the U.S. presence in Iraq into perspective.
Here is the full list of purchases I put in my cart:
- Universal healthcare for all Americans
- Apple, Inc.
- Microsoft Corp.
- Become President of the U.S.
- No Kill Animal Shelters World Wide
- Sustainable Agriculture Education, Worldwide
- End our Dependence on Foreign Oil
- 1000 Teachers' Salaries
- Build a National High-Speed Rail System
- The Office: Season 1
Gosh, and I still have a $1 Trillion left over, but I got a little depressed and had to stop. Spending $3 Trillion is hard! Unless you're a certain global superpower.