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How would you spend $700 billion?

Original post made by Resident on Sep 23, 2008

I would rather spend it on clean energy research, building up schools, and infrastructure. If you had $700 billion to spend, how would you spend it?

Investing $700 billion to hire new teachers, teach kids, bring up our educational standards, developing a new clean tech economy, and shoring up our infrastructure seems a much wiser and more profitable way to spend the public's money.

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Posted by L. Kiffin, a resident of Fairmeadow
on Sep 23, 2008 at 9:23 am

700 billion? First, I would buy the 49ers and perfect cloning procedures to create a bioengineered hybrid team with Montana, Rice, Craig et. al on offense, and the '85 Bears on defense and of course Bill Walsh at coach. That could be done for about 1 billion dollars. Then, I would buy the Raiders and change their uniforms to all pink, and change the logo from that mean looking "Raider" to a picture of Sandra Bernhard. There goes about 2 million bucks.
Then, I would build a nuclear powered desalinization plant. How much is that?


Posted by 700B and counting, a resident of Community Center
on Sep 23, 2008 at 9:27 am

I would spend it on anything that will make us Energy independent with respect to oil. This will save a lot of American lives that we lose in places like mid-east etc.
It will also help in averting a cold war with Russia that seems to be flexing its muscles lately becoming very rich due to oil exports. Reagan won the cold war by making Russia poor. History has a lot of lessons for us.
Most Americans have no clue what 700B means.
The bailout will make the dollar even weaker and Americans further poorer with respect to the world - making us many steps further away from mid-east independence and a brewing Russian Cold War.
God bless America?


Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Sep 24, 2008 at 5:42 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

If I had 700 billion, I would give it back to the folks from whom it had been taken, with the assumption anyone who can earn money can best determine how to spend it.


Posted by old-fashioned conservative, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 24, 2008 at 10:01 am

Are you talking about the one-time finance sector bailout, or are you talking about the $750 billion to $1 trillion we spend every year because of private insurance companies (mostly administration and profit) in our healthcare sector?


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