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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 military takes the biggest chunk, 726million dollars in 2011, wow, we can built a lot better future with all that money. Spending billions on fighter planes that we don’t need or wars with no end, and then saying we are broke, just isn’t honest. It’s like calling your kid from your billion dollars yacht that can’t afford school lunch money.
Then hundreds of billions more go to propping up the dinosaur economy. You know the obsolete system we talked about in the story of stuff, the one that produces more pollution, green-house gases, garbage than any other on earth, and doesn’t even make us happy. In so many ways, it’s just not our working.
But we are keeping on life support and set up building something better. A lot of that life support comes in the form of subsidies.
A subsidy is a give-away that gives some company a lift over others, that’s not necessarily a bad thing; we should help companies building a better future. The problem is that government keeps lifting companies that are actually dragging us down.
Everywhere you look along the dinosaur economy, you will find these subsidies.
They are spending subsidies: where the government just gives our money away, like payments that benefit the big agribusiness while helping drive the family farm off the cliff. Or the less obvious version where government foots the bill for the things that corporations should pay for themselves like cleaning up toxic chemical spills and giant livestock manure ponds, or building roads that only go to one place like the new Wal-Mart, and paying for pollution and wasted garbage incinerators that will never make financial sense to build on their own.
Then there are tax subsidies, which excuse big corporations from contributing their fair share, like the enormous tax breaks granted to oil and gas companies, even in times of record profits. The subsidies amount to billions we should be collecting and putting into good use.
And then, there are the risk transfer subsidies, where our government acts as a invest bank or insurance company for corporations doing risk things, like nuclear reactor. If anything goes wrong, we have to cover for them.
There are freebie subsidies, where our government gives stuff that belongs to all of us to corporations for cheap even for free. That’s billions more we should be collecting but never see. Like permits to mine lands granted prices at set in the mining laws of 1872. Really? 1872? President xx signed this law to encourage settlement of the west and the newsflash. And all of this doesn’t even account the externalized subsidies. This doesn’t show up any spreadsheets and couldn’t amount trillion of dollars including the damage to the environment and public health and the climate that the dinosaur economy causes. Without loss that makes the polluters pay, we all pay with loss of the clean air and water, of increased asthma and cancer. By the time we handed up all these subsidies, there isn’t enough money to pay our bills. Forget about the better future.
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