This *does* bring up an interesting thought...
Does a number figure, as far as money goes, mean ANYTHING to a reasonably well-off nation anymore?
I seriously doubt that we have "gold backing" for even ONE trillion dollars over at Fort Knox. And no one's going to call down all the debts that the US owes here and there at once, because they don't want the same thing to happen to them.
These numbers are astounding, but I'm not really sure they mean a damn thing. Kind of like the dot-com boom. All inflated prices, but absolutely NOTHING to back it up. And unlike the stock market, does it really matter?
The philosophy *almost* makes me want to study economics.
$87 million...all that translates to me is more Stuff To Blow Sh!t up With. Which is happening all the time anyway, it's just that we need to replace what we've already used and issue paychecks to more people over there. I don't think the number matters.
Bush's speech said absolutely nothing. It served no purpose (since DUH, no one thought we were pulling out of Iraq or were 'done' anyhow) other than perhaps a lame non-response to the beginnings of Democrats (finally!) starting to challenge the administration now that we're entering 2004 election season.
It was so full of nothingness, that NPR didn't even bother to overanalyze it (you could have pushed me over with a feather) afterwards, just went right back to regular programming.