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Yet another weird SF fan

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

2.7 Trillion Dollars

A recent Obama campaign theme has been to calculate the supposed cost of a lifetime supply of birth control at $18,000 and pretend that's unaffordable. (Don't most cars cost more than that?) There's more than one way to make something look unaffordable. You can also multiply a cost by the population as well as by time. (By the way, $18,000 in a lifetime is 60¢ per day.) If we multiply $18,000 by 150 million women we get … 2.7 TRILLION DOLLARS.

Say that in a Dr. Evil voice.


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