What $1.2 Trillion Can Buy

David Loenhardt in the Times today: "$1.2 trillion would pay for an unprecedented public health campaign — a doubling of cancer research funding, treatment for every American whose diabetes or heart disease is now going unmanaged and a global immunization campaign to save millions of children’s lives. Combined, the cost of running those programs for a decade wouldn’t use up even half our money pot. So we could then turn to poverty and education, starting with universal preschool for every 3- and 4-year-old child across the country. The city of New Orleans could also receive a huge increase in reconstruction funds.

 

The final big chunk of the money could go to national security. The recommendations of the 9/11 Commission that have not been put in place — better baggage and cargo screening, stronger measures against nuclear proliferation — could be enacted. Financing for the war in Afghanistan could be increased to beat back the Taliban’s recent gains, and a peacekeeping force could put a stop to the genocide in Darfur.

 

All that would be one way to spend $1.2 trillion. Here would be another:

 

The war in Iraq."

 

The article goes on to say that two KSG professors have put the cost at closer to $2 trillion.

 

Jeff Sachs has argued we could eliminate poverty in Africa for about $60 billion a year.

 

Such a shame.

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