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From today forward, all federal government expenditures will be priced in "Iraq War Days" (IWD) or "Iraq War Years" (IWY).  For quick reference:

- MSL mission w/ Curiosity rover: 3.5 IWD
- Cost of giving $10 to all 312M US citizens: 4.33 IWD
- 2012 "General Science, Space and Technology" budget: 43.04 IWD
- Cost of giving $100 to all 312M US citizens: 43.3 IWD
- 2012 Welfare budget: 210.3 IWD (0.6 IWY)
  - Computed as 26% of the 2012 "Income Security" budget
  - Includes TANF (22%) welfare, SNAP (70%) and WIC (8%) food stamps
  - All ratios from 3rd party analysis of 2010 data; see http://goo.gl/ImbKc
- 2012 "Medicare" budget: 672.9 IWD (1.8 IWY)
- Cost of giving $2250 to all 312M US citizens: 975 IWD (2.7 IWY)
- 2012 "National Defense" budget: 994.9 IWD (2.7 IWY)
- 2012 "Social Security" budget: 1081 IWD (3.0 IWY)
- 2012 Total budget: 4986 IWD (13 IWY)

Source: "United States Federal budget, 2012" and "Mars Science Laboratory" pages on Wikipedia for budgets, google.com/publicdata for US population, National Priorities Project via "Cost of War" Wikipedia page for IWD exchange rate.
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Wow, that's powerful rephrasing. Was that your idea? :)
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