Lets look at something.

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That something being a visual aid on how much money we are bleeding in Iraq.

Nine Million dollars … The pile is 5 feet tall, 10 feet long, and 6¼ feet wide. A single stack of dollar bills in this amount would be 3,000 feet high.

This horde is comparable in size to a single compact car. You could buy 489 of them for the amount, though, with enough cash left over to fill up the gas tanks of 162 of them.

But this amount of money is more than four times what you can expect to earn in your entire life, if you are an American with a college degree.

That is the visual to how much 9 million dollars would look if you got to stand next to it. I do this for you little people who don’t have that kind of petty cash around. Like me, I have a little more than that lying next to my bed right now. People ask how do I sleep at night?

I reply, ‘On top of a pile of money, with lots of beautiful women.’

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“Cuts, scrapes, bruises… all in a day’s riding. Then it’s off for some good german beer in a local biergarten.” Munich, Germany

6 Replies to “Lets look at something.”

  1. Is this in one day? one hour? how quickly are we burning this money. Plus one thing no one ever things about how much oil the military uses. It’s quite a lot when you look it up.

  2. If you click the link it gives you dates linking to how much was cumulatively spent. Last update was July 2006.

    “Three-hundred-fifteen billion dollars …
    Update : July 21, 2006
    This is the amount of money the US has allocated for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, to be spent by September 30, 2006, the end of the fiscal year. And the Senate is working on a spending bill that will add another $50 billion more in spending for 2007.
    This pile is 125 feet wide, 200 feet deep, and 450 feet tall.
    450 feet is the height of a 38-story building. It’s the hieght of the Millenium Wheel in London. It is also the height of the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas and the Louisiana State Capitol Building.
    If you were to stack the money in a single stack, your stack would be 19,887 miles tall, enough to wrap the Moon at its equator almost 3 times.”

    Thats some serious throwing around money.

  3. …pretty amazing link, bikepunk…interesting perspective, literally…

    …by the way, i heard you spend most a yer money on wine, women, bikes n’ beer & that you just piss the rest away…