Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Give every American household a herd of 125 Angora goats

For the price of the Iraq War, we could give every American household a herd of 125 Angora goats.  

The Angora goat is valued for its fur, called mohair, which is heavily subsidized today by the US government.  In 1993, a herd of 125 goats cost $14,600, or $22,136 in today's dollars.  As there are 112 million households in America, giving every American household a herd of 125 goats would cost $2.48 trillion, which is $520 trillion less than Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes' estimate of $3 trillion for the total cost of the Iraq War.

Image adapted under a Creative Commons License from ClifB.


hoperu said...

Ooh, yes please. Can they be milked, 'cause I would like to make goat cheese too. How many chickens could each family have?

Anonymous said...

Wasn't Barack HUSSEIN Obama, Sr. a goatherd?

Maybe the right wing conspiracy hacks are wrong (maybe...) and Obama is not a secret Muslim terrorist who hates America, but rather a secret goat advocate who will buy us all goats in the most insidious manner (and hates America).