by Michael dEstries
Categories: Causes, Film/TV
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Imagine spending $3 trillion dollars. No, really. Don’t think it’s possible? Ask George Bush. $3 trillion is the projected cost of the Iraq War according to Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz and Harvard lecturer Linda Bilmes. This coming May 23rd, John Cusack puts this ridiculous sum into play with the new satirical live-action cartoon, War, Inc. Cusack directs and stars in the film — along with Hillary Duff, Marisa Tomei, Dan Aykroyd, and Ben Kingsley.

But here’s the thing — you’re probably still not grasping (I didn’t either) the full extent to what $3 trillion would mean to this country. That’s why Cusack is pushing everyone to visit this new site he discovered called From his blog,

“THAT WAS FUN.  Just got done spending $3 trillion.  Try it yourself – it’s a lot harder
than you might think.  Honestly, it would have been a whole lot easier just to follow the President’s example and blow it all on one illegal occupation of Iraq. That’s a whole lot of zeroes, but what does it really amount to?  How many homes would it buy for Americans who’ve fallen victim to the subprime meltdown?  How many debts would it pay off for developing nations?  As it turns out, one whole hell of a lot of all of those things combined.”

So what did I buy with my $3 trillion? Well, I switched the nation over to solar energy, provided universal healthcare for all Americans, ended world hunger completely for one year, initiated sustainable agriculture worldwide, gave food and vet-care to low-income pet owners, and provided broadband Internet to every home in America. That, and I’m still only at $1.6 trillion. Wow.

What would you buy?

Thanks for the tip, Sarah!

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • erin

    i am not a “fan” of may actors but ever since being fortunate enough to meet him at a Punk concert (briefly, but still very cool ;) I have been dedicated to JC!

    If only all actors (and people) were as thoughtful as he… Sigh.. ;)

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  • karen

    You know I really do not think that we can really change anything or anyone but ourselves. The corruption is too large. I do believe there is a God though and that he protects us from all evil. The closer you are to him the better your life becomes. God gave us life as a gift to enjoy. He does not want us to suffer. He wants us to reign in life. Evil will destroy evil and corruption will destroy corruption. So you know we make it what it is. If someone is doing wrong, I believe they will suffer the consequences of that wrong. It is not for us to stop or change. I don’t think we can. Do you?

  • karen

    And I’m also king of worried about you. Sweetheart, You have to find forgiveness for these people not because you are doing them a favor or anything, but for yourself. When you forgive, It takes away your bitterness so that you can be happy again.
    love you.

  • karen

    And so once you acknowledge God and say that you believe then all the sickness, diseases, and evil of the world you are safe from because you are redeemed.

    peace bro
    great brainstorm

  • Jennae Petersen

    All I can say is Wow. It really is a LOT harder than you think to spend all that money. My own shopping cart included fending off home foreclosures, finish repairing damage done by Hurricane Katrina, Increase sustainable Organic Produce in the US, housing for America’s homeless, and my dream house…and I’m nowhere near that $3 trillion mark.

    As for whether each of us can change anything…as individuals, we can’t. But united, we can. And while I also believe that God will, in the end, give evildoers what is coming to them, I also believe it is the responsibility of each of us to do what we can to inspire change for the greater good. Unfortunately, noone taught our president that, so we all have to suffer for it.

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  • karen

    Jesus died on the cross not only so we can go to heaven but also so we can enjoy the ride. Yes. Evil is destroying evil and corruption is destroying corruption, and it is sick to see. Trust in God completely means that we do not have to ask why.

  • karen

    Dude most of us spend are time trying to figure out how we are going to eat this week and pay for gas to get to work and stuff like that.

  • karen

    hi. i am a recluse. this is how i see it thru my eyes.

    Before i farmed you in the womb. i knew you and i chose you as my instrument. i knew what you would be doing today tommorrow and the next
    i looked at God. He had tears in his eyes and then he said, “Your Lord has made a mess an ugly ugly ugly mess. Out of that mess shall grow life. A strong life will grow straight up out of that mess. That life will send a message. A powerful message for he is a powerful God.