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43 billion dollars is kind-of a hard amount to put your finger on.  Until you divide it by America's population and see that it's $143 for every man, woman, and child.  Hard to believe there's so much budget allocated to spying.  That's almost half of what will be spent on the war in Iraq during this year -- which equates to $324 from every one of us.  If the war really does end by 2017 as some hope, it will cost every one of us over $7000.  Maybe more.

All this spending makes it easy for me to understand how our dollar is so utterly screwed.  Compared with the British Pound it's at the lowest value in over 26 years.  For the next decade I'll bet Europe's economy is king.  I just can't understand why Asia hasn't taken off as fast.  We've been neck and neck, but ever since the half-point drop in the interest rate back in September the Yen started on its way up.  Hmm, Yen seems like a good investment right about now.

Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2007 12:14 PM | Back to top


Comments on this post: If I got $143 a year from every single person in America, I could do alot of spying.

# re: If I got $143 a year from every single person in America, I could do alot of spying.
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I'm not sure on the Asian front, but I know that Australian and Canadian dollars are setting all time highs. As an example the CAD is currently traiding at about 1.04 (we get 1.04 USD for ever 1 dollar we spend) which it hasn't been at since the 1960s.

The other thing that is amazing for us here in Canada (where our dollar is almost solely compared in value to the USD) is that since 2002, and the all time lows of 0.62, the CAD has gained 70% in its value. Since September of this year it's picked up about 0.15 in value. We Canadians don't understand the rapid ascent of it....

....and frankly, nothing pisses me off more than when I know the CAD will buy more than the USD and I *still* have to pay the Canadian price on a book cover. Most of those looks like this:

USA: $24.95
Canada: 45.95

If you have Desert Code Camp again and the dollars are close to this level, please have a roadtrip to a good geeky bookstore for all us Canadians.
Left by Donald Belcham on Oct 30, 2007 1:32 PM

# re: If I got $143 a year from every single person in America, I could do alot of spying.
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Well I really don't think war will be so long... 2017 is really a far date. Anycase spying costs I think must be something like your personal security...

.. I mean .. how do everyone of us spend for alarm systems, mobile security systems, doors in our home, car and similar? Much more than 143$ per year.. (or well i take Italy as a reference market) ... well for protect us from thiefs.
Here we're speaking about life of a person and personal security. Much more important I think!

Is a personal opinion ... cya
Left by Prestiti on Jan 03, 2008 12:48 PM

# re: If I got $143 a year from every single person in America, I could do alot of spying.
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Hmm... I can see both sides on this... However, for my household, we're talking about a single income and 715 yearly. Now, that's still not a lot of money, but I don't think (espionage == personal safety), so I that is going to set my view askew.

If you're looking to invest in someones money, check out the Chinese Yuan. I expect them to have alot of growth over the next five-ten years. In the recent past they've been totally transformed. They are the manufacturing captial of the world...
Left by Lawrence G. on Jan 15, 2008 1:00 PM

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Why does the US even need to spy? I mean that's a lot of money, but is this creating jobs, or something like that. We do spend a lot on junk these days.
Left by online driver scanner on Aug 13, 2009 11:45 AM

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If they've got card number, exp date, and PIN, they don't need the 3-digit.
Left by DDos Protection on Nov 08, 2009 11:43 PM

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>>That's almost half of what will be spent on the war in Iraq during this year -- which equates to $324 from every one of us. If the war really does end by 2017 as some hope, it will cost every one of us over $7000.

I suspect that Iraq and Afghanistan are going to end up like Vietnam. Based on news reports, the US military is concentrating on guns and bombs and ignoring the strategies that proved successful against insurgencies in Malaya, etc.

>>For the next decade I'll bet Europe's economy is king. I just can't understand why Asia hasn't taken off as fast.

Unfortunately, Asia mainly produces goods for the US. So when the US economy is screwed, so is the Asian economy.
Left by Home Water Filtration on Nov 09, 2009 10:31 AM

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Spying for good purposes is good to do, but not to fake or steal the label.
Left by spy bag on Nov 18, 2009 9:40 PM

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