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[豆知识] 【整理】2011-11-27&12-03 美国政府破产的故事 (2/3)

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[Homework]2011-11-27&12-03 美国政府破产的故事 (2/3)

So where is all that money going? Well, first millitary takes the biggest chunk.726 billion dollars in 2011. Wow, we can  build a lot of better future with that kind of money. Spending billions on fighter planes we don't need or wars with no end and then saying we're broke just isn't honest. It's like calling your kid from your billion-dollar yard to tell you can't afford the school lunch money.Then hundreds of billions more go to prompting of dinosaur economy.You know Opslon system we talked about in the story of stuff,the one that produces more pollution, greenhouse gases in garbage than any other on earth and doesn't even make us happy. In so many ways it's just not working.But while keeping our life support instead of building something better, a lot of that life support comes in the form of subsidies.A subsidy is a giveaway that gives some companies a lift over others. That's not necesserily a bad thing. We should help companies in the building of a better future.The problem is our government keeps lifting up companies that are actually dragging us down. Everywhere you look along the dinosaur economy, you'll find these subsidies. There's spending subsidies where the government just gives our money away like payments that benefit big agri business while helping drive family farms off the cliff. All the less obvious version were the governmet foot the bill for things corporations should pay for themselves, like cleaning up toxic chemical spills or drying up life stuff on your palms or building roads only to go to one place like a new wal-mart or paying for polluting and waste for garbage scenarios that would never make finacial sense to build on their own. Then there's tax subsidies which excuse big corporations from contributing their fair share like the enormous tax break scranned to oil and gas companies. Even in times of record profits, these subsidies amount to billions we should be collecing and put into good use.And there's risk transfer subsidies where our government accesses an investment bank  or an insurance company for corporations doing risky things, like buidling nuclear reactors. If anything goes wrong, we have to cover for them.There's freely subsidies, where our government gives  stuff that  belongs to us to corporations for cheap or even free.  That's billions more that we should be collecting but never see, like promise to mine public grans granted the prices set in the mining law in 1872. Really, 1872, President Gran signed this law to encourage settlement of the west. News flash. It's settled. And all this doesn't even count externalized cost. They      and cound amount to trillions of dollars including all of the damage to the environment, public health and the climate that this dinosaur economy causes.Without laws that make these polluters pay, we all pay with the loss of cleaner water. and the increased asthma and cancer. By the time we've handed up all these subsidies, there isn't even enough money to pay our bills, forgetting about building a better future.                           

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