30 Jun '11, 5pm

With the $4 trillion we spent on war, we could have paid for America's entire high-speed rail system eight times over:

Americans like us some war, but to the tune of $4 trillion? In adjusted dollars, that's just short of what it cost us to whup the Nazis . Here's a look at what we could have done with that money, had we spent it on something besides stoking Americans' confusion over whether or not the world's 1.5 billion 'Muslims' are in fact a monolithic group whose every member is a terrorist. * Provide 280 million people with 100 percent renewable energy (based on this study of moving the entire planet to renewables). * Pay for America's entire high-speed rail system eight times over -- and that's according to a deliberately high, rail-hostile estimate from the CATO institute . * Pay for a comprehensive preschool system for every child in America 40 times over. Preschool has been shown to be one of the single most effective interventions for disadvantaged children. (Universal preschool ...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/list/2011-06-30-what-we-could-have-b...

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