Spend US Military Defense Budget ($716 Billion) In 24 Hours or Lose It All –  CHALLENGE
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Spend US Military Defense Budget ($716 Billion) In 24 Hours or Lose It All – CHALLENGE

Hello Infographics fans, and welcome to another
special challenge episode of The Infographics Show. Today we’re taking on the US defense budget,
and asking you to find a way to spend every penny in 24 hours. As usual you’re not allowed to give anything
away to charity, and you have to spend all of it or return everything you bought and
pay back everything you spent. Just like last time if you fail all the money
goes instead to an organization dedicated to kicking kittens- but this time we’re adding
some innocent puppies into the mix too. So think you can do a better job then us? Stay tuned and let us know after the video! For fiscal year 2019 the US Defense budget
stands at a whopping $716 billion, largest it’s ever been. Yet while this figure may seem astronomical,
in reality it’s only a few percentage points of the US’s total GDP, and a far cry from
World War II when the US spent almost 50% of its GDP on defense! Ever since the decline of the Soviet Union
the US’s defense budget has steadily decreased from 6.8% of GDP to about 4.5% today- so while
the figure has grown in dollars, it’s largely stayed pace with US economic growth. So how can we blow through $716 billion in
24 hours? We here at The Infographics Show are big fans
of space exploration, and while sending robots and drones to the outer reaches of the solar
system are a great and safe way to gather data, nothing compares to the achievements
of the US’s Apollo space program, which brought us the first human visitors to a heavenly
body. Our first item on our list is thus going to
be a resurrection of the entire Apollo space program- that’s right, we’re going to do what
the US and governments around the world have been reluctant to do for decades: we’re putting
humans back in space. None of this low-orbit hanging around nonsense
either, we’re looking at the moon and then after that, Mars. We’ve got places to go, and aliens to meet! But getting humans back into deep space after
our decades-long hiatus isn’t going to be easy, we’re gonna have to take it easy, so
first we’re going to return to the moon a few times in order to try out new technologies
and make sure we still know how to survive past low earth orbit. At a cost of 25.4 billion dollars in 1973,
re-launching the entire Apollo Program today would cost about $144.3 billion. But on second thought- we’ve been to the moon,
why are we going back to old stomping grounds? Let’s skip the moon instead and just head
straight to Mars! Due to a severe lack of vision on our elected
leaders behalf, costs right now for a mission to Mars are difficult to ascertain- but it’s
estimated that a Mars mission by 2035 would cost $230 billion dollars. Because Mars is so far away and could take
up to a year and a half to reach, our crew won’t be flying in a regular space capsule-
instead we’ll be building a multi-hubbed traveling space station, complete with living and research
facilities. Therefore our $230 billion price tag would
cover the costs of multiple launches of NASA’s new space workhorse, the Space Launch System,
all to get the pieces of our spacecraft into orbit. Nine months later we’ll be touching down on
the lonely red planet and planting our Infographics flag on mankind’s new frontier! That’s $230 billion down, and $486 billion
to go! Putting humanity back on a path to the stars
though is going to require some smart thinkers, so we think the smartest thing to do is to
invest in America’s students. For years the US has debated free higher education
for its millions of students, with considerable pushback from those who view the cost as too
great to bear. Lucky for us, we’ve got hundreds of billions
to give away for free and think that investing in education is a pretty smart bet- so we’re
going to pay for four years of college for all American students. With an estimated $75 billion a year cost,
that brings the total figure to $300 billion for four years, which we think is a small
price to pay for the influx of new engineers, scientists, and economists that we’ll receive
in 4 years. Truthfully though we’re just following in
the footsteps of US history- after World War II the MGI Bill provided free college education
to returning war veterans, seeing a whopping 8 million service members earn their degrees. The MGI Bill in many respects helped build
the foundation of scientists, engineers, teachers and thinkers who created the information age
and catapulted the United States to its position as a global leader. That puts us at $530 billion, leaving us with
$186 billion to go! The UN estimates that nearly 800 million people
don’t have enough to eat every day- that’s about 10% of the world’s population. In order to combat world hunger, the UN wants
to bring individuals around the world up to the World Bank’s poverty line of $1.25 a day-
which would cost the world $116 billion a year. However, just feeding people isn’t solving
the problem, and in order to radically change the conditions of hundreds of millions of
impoverished or working poor people around the world the UN sees a need for an aggressive
program of expanding irrigation, infrastructure, and creating credit facilities and cash transfers
via aid programs to help farmers and workers get access to tools they need to help themselves. That would cost the entire planet an estimated
$151 billion a year, or right around .15% of the total global GDP. To us, investing in people so they can help
themselves is far more attractive option than just a hand out, so we’re going to put up
the $151 billion needed for the first year of the UN’s program to help the global poor. That brings our total expenses so far to $681
billion, leaving us with $35 billion. For our next few purchases, we think we’ve
been more than charitable already- it’s time to spend on us, and boy have we got a special
purchase in mind. Move over, Queen Elizabeth, cuz your fancy
digs are now officially ours. With 775 rooms and sitting 5 stories across
828,821 square feet, Buckingham palace is the most iconic residence in the world, and
at a value of 2.7 billion US dollars, it’s practically a steal for our oversized budget. But why stop with the Queen’s home? What’s a kingly castle- or queenly in this
case we suppose- without the bling that goes along with it? Spanning a collection of over 140 objects
that range from crowns to swords, to altar plates and fancy robes, and encrusted with
23,578 precious stones, the Crown jewels of the United Kingdom are the most expensive
collection of jewelry in the world. This collection includes items such as the
Cullinan I, the largest clear cut diamond in the world at 530 carats, and the coronation
spoon used to anoint the monarch as Supreme Governor of the Church of England way back
in the 12thcentury! Estimates vary, but run as high as 6.3 billion
US dollars for the whole collection! That brings our total to $9 billion for our
fancy new digs and our serious world class bling, for a grand total of $690 billion,
and $26 billion left over. Next up we’re going to indulge a little bit
in our love for soccer and basketball both. In 2018 the most valuable soccer clubs in
the world were Manchester United at 4.1 billion, and Real Madrid at 4.09 billion, with each
team pulling in $737 and $735 million in revenue every year. At a combined price of 8.19 billion dollars,
buying up these two soccer heavyweights- or football as they are known literally everywhere
but the US- is a smart investment, but we’re not done. You have to spend money to make money, and
we’re going to go ahead and spend another 6.9 billion to buy two of the most popular
basketball teams in the world: the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers, each worth
3.6 and 3.3 billion respectively, and pulling in $426 million and $371 million every year,
for a combined total of $797 million revenue a year! That nets us a total income of 2.3 billion
dollars every year for a one-time fee of $15.1 billion dollars- a very smart investment indeed! That brings our total costs to $705.1 billion
dollars, leaving us with $10.9 billion. Our last purchase is going to be something
for all of you- our adoring fans. With 3,985,480 of you subscribed to us as
of this writing, and more of you pushing us to 4 million and beyond every day, we wanted
to say thank you- so we’re going to spend 10.9 billion dollars to buy all of you 34,187
ice cream sandwiches! That’s 93 sandwiches you can eat per day for
an entire year, or enough ice cream sandwiches to last you for 94 years if you ate one a
day! That’s one heck of a tasty thank you from
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US defense budget- $716 billion dollars? How many ice cream sandwiches would that buy? Think you got a better list than us? Also, be sure to check out our other video
called Spend 1 billion dollars in 24 hours or lose it all Challange! Thanks for watching, and, as always, don’t
forget to like, share, and subscribe. See you next time!”


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