The US Congress is going to take another stab at passing the gigantic bank bailout package on Friday. But how much money are we talking about? SPIEGEL ONLINE gives you an idea.
Money makes the world go round — and certainly with $700 billion — that’s $700,000,000,000 — you could accomplish a great deal. That’s how much the US government wants to pump into the financial system in order to avoid another bankruptcy on the scale of Lehman Brothers.
The deal stumbled in the House of Representatives on Monday, leading immediately to a steep stock exchange fall in New York and markets around the world. Now, though, after a bit of tinkering, Congress has been asked to vote again. The Senate has already given “Bailout Package: The Sequel” its seal of approval with the House set to vote again on Friday.
But just how much money are we talking about here? Most folks’ eyes get glassy once the number of zeros gets up above six. As a public service, SPIEGEL ONLINE has come up with a list of other things one could possibly do with $700 billion, were it lying around.
- Part 1: What You Could Get for $700 Billion
- Part 2: Pay the Salaries of 22 Million People
- Part 3: Establish Universal Health Coverage
- Part 4: Purchase a Communications System for Emergency Medical Services
- Part 5: Build Levees around New Orleans
- Part 6: Buy Denmark — Twice
- Part 7: Finance Germany’s Entire National Budget for Over a Year
- Part 8: Fight Poverty in Africa for 10 Years
- Part 9: Finance all US Intelligence Operations for 15 Years
- Part 10: Launch Multiple “New Deals”
- Part 11: Save the Earth (Instead of Banks)
- Part 12: Stay in Afghanistan and Iraq for another Seven Years
- Part 13: Fly to the Moon, Repeatedly
Source: Spiegel Online