16 April 2008

Spend Like Its 1999

Estimated cost of the war in Iraq, including health care for all the injured veterans: at least a trillion dollars, perhaps as much as three trillion. That's 3,000,000,000,000 reasons our economy is spiraling into what looks to be a deep and enduring recession. That's the International Monetary Fund calling this "the largest financial shock since the Great Depression," though you wouldn't know that if you only read US media.

But now you can spend that money, in a game intended to raise awareness of the costs of this war in comparison to other things the US government could be funding. Universal health care, say, or improved schools, or development of alternative energy sources.