- we could have hired 7,012,407 additional public school teachers for one year.
- or we could have provided health insurance for 242,297,671 children for one year.
- or we could have built 3,643,378 additional housing units.
- or we could have provided 19,615,924 students four-year scholarships at public universities.
- or we could have paid for 53,594,362 children to attend a year of Head Start.
All of the above begs the following question. What, exactly, have we gotten in return? What makes giving up all of the potential worth it? If there is an answer other than, "nothing" to either of the above questions, I haven't come up with it yet.