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A breakdown of $80 billion

Here's another way to look at $80 billion a year, including per-hour costs and a comparison to total U.S. Civil War costs.

How $80 billion breaks down:

_ $6.7 billion a month

_$1.5 billion a week

_$219 million a day

_$9.1 million an hour

_ $152,000 a minute

_ $2,500 a second

That's more than the cost of the entire Civil War: It was $5.2 billion in then-dollars, $64.1 billion in 2004 dollars.

Source: U.S. Civil War Center at Louisiana State University

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(c) 2005, Knight Ridder/Tribune Information Services.

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