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When Does $350 Million Equal 42 Hours?

According to this story in the Chicago Sun-Times, the war in Iraq has cost $130 billion to date (per the Office of Management and Budget). Given that we invaded Iraq 20 March 2003, that comes to 656 days since the invasion, which in turn equals $198,730,732 per day.

In other words, the total amount committed by the US government to date for tsunami relief -- $350,000,000 -- equals 42.27 hours of the cost of the war in Iraq. Just to put things in perspective.

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Nice work. Here's the calculation we did at mediacitizen using slightly different numbers re cost of war. Check it out:

http://mediacitizen.blogspot.com/2004/12/stingy.html

-- mediacitizen

It also equals about 11 hours of Medicare spending. Just to put things in perspective. Are old folks stingy, wicked and harmful (as this little math puzzle coyly implies about our Iraq policy) because they consume this much of our resources?

Both these lack one major factor that would give them any meaning - fungibility. Spending categories, particularly this far removed, are not interchangeable. Substitute your favorite government program for Iraq spending and you quickly see how the attractiveness of this sort of argument is much more a matter of whose ox is getting gored than some great insight that brings "perspective".

As of now, it's about 37 hours of US war spending.

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