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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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So where is all that money going? Well,first the military takes the biggest chunk, 760 billion dollars in 2011. Wow!We could build a lot of better future with that kind of money. Spendingbillions on fighter planes we don’t need or wars with no end and saying we’rebroke just isn’t honest. It’s like calling your kid from your billion dollaryard to tell you can’t afford school lunch money. Then hundreds of billionsmore goes to propping up the dinosaur economy. You know the obsolete system wetalked about in the story of stuff-- the one that produces more pollution,green house gases and garbage than any other on earth and doesn’t even make ushappy. In so many ways it’s just not working. But we’re keeping in our lifesupport instead of building something better. A lot of that life support comesin the form of subsides. A subside is a give-away that gives some companies alift over others. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. We should have companiesthat are building a better future. The problem is that our country keeps onlifting up companies that are actually dragging us down. Everywhere you lookalong the dinosaur economy, you’ll find these subsides. There’re spendingsubsides where the government just gives our money away, like payments thatbenefit big agri-business well helps driving family farms from the cliff. Orthe less obvious version where the government foots the bill for thingscorporation should pay themselves like cleaning up toxic chemicals bills orgiant life stuff [when newer ponds], or building roads that only go to oneplace, like a new Wal-Mart, or paying for polluting and waste for garbage [incenters] that we never make financial sense to build on their own. Then there’stax subsides, which excuse big corporations from contributing their fair share,like the enormous tax-breaks granted to oil and gas companies, even in times atrecord profits. These subsides amount billions we should have collecting andputting to good use. And then there’s risk transfer subsides, where ourgovernment exits in an investment bank or an insurance company for corporationsdoing risky things, like building nuclear reactors. If anything goes wrong, wehave to cover for them. There’s freebie subsides, where our government givesstuff that belongs to all of us to corporations for cheep or even free. That’sbillions more that we should be collecting but never see. Like permits to minepublic ends granted the prices signed in the mining law in 1872. Really, 1872!President Grant signed this law to encourage the settlements in the west. Newsflash – it’s settled. And all of these doesn’t even count the externalizedcosts. They don’t show upon any [sprigy] and could amount trillions of dollarsincluding all the damages to the environment, public health and the climatethat this dinosaur economy causes. Without laws that make these polluters pay,we all pay with the loss of cleaner water, of the increased [abdomen] cancer.By the time we handed out all these subsides, there isn’t enough money to payour bills, forgetting about building a better future.

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