87 billion dollars.
Maybe I'm totally missing the point of Bush's request, but shouldn't we worry about improving the standard of living in our own country before we go about improving it elsewhere? I live in a state that is the world's fifth largest economy and we're bankrupt. Public schools across America (including mine) are scraping by with considerably reduced budgets. Recent college graduates cannot find jobs and those who have them are being laid off. Our country could put this 87 billion dollars (or at least some of it) to better use reconstructing itself.