After September 11th, cash flowed into the coffers of assisting charities. But it has been gushing out of the federal treasury.
In the seven weeks after the attack, Congress has approved measures to bail out the airlines ($5 billion), aid the reconstruction of New York and the Pentagon ($20 billion), and to support increased homeland security and war-related efforts ($20 billion). Still to come are new investments in public health and security infrastructure, aid for the insurance industry, and a likely stimulus package. In all, the tab could run well over $150 billion.