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Measuring pain in dollars

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That figure is the product of 489,000 claims filed thus far, and the claims keep coming. That hard-to-pronounce figure absolutely dwarfs the U.S. gross domestic product — a paltry $13 trillion or so last year.

It puts a lot into perspective to look at a number that high, but it’s also a complete joke to me. Each claim is being tallied and given its due consideration, but at the end of the day, it’s just a bit more odd-ball press coming out of Louisiana on this unimaginable tragedy.

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