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Opinion

Farah Stockman

Going Dutch with Uncle Sam

The price tag for World War II came to $296 billion, or $4 trillion in today’s money. The aftermath of that war cost $13 billion more: The United States spent over 10 percent of its federal budget on rebuilding Europe — an aid package that amounted to the largest voluntary transfer of a nation’s wealth in history.

Being a super power ain’t cheap. Just like being the head of the household means picking up the check when the family goes out to dinner, leading the free world means footing one gigantic bill after another.

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