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Seven Things You Could Buy With the Budget Shortfall
The U.S. government reported a $188 billion budget shortfall for March, a deficit $123 billion more than in March 2010. Here are seven things you could buy with last month's shortfall.

iPad 2 With Smart Cover 2

The new iPad 2, with the middle amount of available storage, is currently priced at $700. With $188 billion, you could buy almost 268,571,429 of them.

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New York Stock Exchange Building Looking Up

With $188 billion you could buy about 17 New York Stock Exchanges, based on the price being offered by Deutsche Boerse for the iconic trading floor.

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Charlie Sheen CBS, 640x360

Although he was booed off of the stage at several venues, the price to attend Charlie Sheen’s “My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat Is Not an Option,” tour still comes to a steep $86 for the cheapest seat in the house. For the same amount as the budget shortfall, one could purchase 2,186,046,511 tickets to Sheen’s Saturday performance at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City.

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File Photo of Prince William and Kate Middleton Reuters

The Daily Mail recently reported that Prince William and Kate Middleton’s April 29 wedding is going to cost $20 million, the most expensive security event ever in the U.K. For the same cost of the shortfall, the pair could tie the knot 9,400 times.

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File Photo Airbus 380 Taking Off Reuters

With $320 million you could get your hands on an Airbus 380, the model that clipped a small computer plan at JFK airport earlier this week. With as much money as the deficit totals, you could purchase 588 of them.

Obama, Campaign Trail

The price tag for the average 2008 presidential campaign reached $100 million, with half of the funds going towards media costs. With $188 billion you could finance 1,880 presidential hopefuls’ campaign operations.

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Chocolate Easter Bunnies Reuters

With Easter just around the corner, chocolate bunnies are in high demand, making them more and more difficult to find in stores. If you needed to buy $188 billion worth of them, you would surely have to look far and wide to find about 63 billion.

Seven Things You Could Buy With the Budget Shortfall

The U.S. government reported a $188 billion budget shortfall for March, a deficit $123 billion more than in March 2010. Here are seven things you could buy with last month's shortfall.

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