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Spending The US Federal Deficit

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The US government is on track for running up over $1.2 trillion in [b]debt[/b] this year alone, and I have been wondering - what can you buy for that much money ?

Here is a video for spending the 2010 deficit
[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqAsT0RtPEk[/media]
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I heard an estimate that to save the Salton Sea in southern California -- which is sometimes the source of this ugly, nasty, garbage+sulphur+dead fish smell throughout the area -- you'd need something like $9 billion or more. So, given money equivalent the federal deficit, you could potentially remove this ugly, nasty, garbage+sulphur+dead fish smell in southern California. Maybe.
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You could probably solve the drug problem in Mexico by using that money to create jobs. You could buy several water treatment plants for poorer countries. I could not work for ... ever and take a trip to new country every month for life. You could pay off people's mortgages and prevented the mortgage crisis a couple of years early. I could finally invest in a VR arcade room and buy the new Google goggles.
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[quote]...take a trip to new country every month for life...[/quote]Well, for the next seventeen years or so, at least. [/smartypants]
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[quote name='Heath' timestamp='1351378024' post='4994565']
[quote]...take a trip to new country every month for life...[/quote]Well, for the next [b]seventeen years[/b] or so, at least. [/smartypants]
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I'd love to see what kind of vacations you take - $5.7 million a vacation that works out to be.

With $1.2 trillion, I'd buy about 100 square miles of land, and than declare it an independent nation, hiring my own army to "defend" it's borders. [img]http://public.gamedev.net//public/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.png[/img] Edited by Shippou
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Knowing me, it would probably fall out of my pocket and I'd lose it in my couch cushions.
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[quote name='Shippou' timestamp='1351427334' post='4994679']
[quote name='Heath' timestamp='1351378024' post='4994565']
[quote]...take a trip to new country every month for life...[/quote]Well, for the next [b]seventeen years[/b] or so, at least. [/smartypants]
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I'd love to see what kind of vacations you take - $5.7 million a vacation that works out to be.[/quote]As awesome as spending 5 or 6 million dollars on a vacation each month might sound, there are 206 sovereign states in the world, and 12 months in a year. So to visit a new country each month works out to 17 years and some change, assuming you have never visited another country besides your own. So, would you spend $5.8 million a month to visit every country in the world for 17 years if given the chance? :)
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I doubt I would even spend $.8 million a month. Maybe $250K though [img]http://public.gamedev.net//public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png[/img]

$250K a month on vacations works out to be 4,800,000 months. :) :) Edited by Alpha_ProgDes
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[quote name='wilfredes' timestamp='1351503097' post='4994995']
You could probably solve the drug problem in Mexico by using that money to create jobs.
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A "high paying" job down there pays $2 USD an hour. If you payed your workers $10 an hour, you could hire 60,000,000 folks for 1 year. If you wanted to hire the entire population of Mexico for a year, you'd have to pay every one $5 an hour .
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[quote name='wilfredes' timestamp='1351503097' post='4994995']
You could probably solve the drug problem in Mexico by using that money to create jobs.
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That's assuming the drug problem in Mexico is a problem in Mexico. A better fix for the drug problem in Mexico is to "donate" to enough US politicians to end the "war on drugs". That could have a dramatic effect on the lives of the poor in both Mexico and the USA.
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