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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]【整理】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 the military takes the bigest 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 yacht to tell you can't afford the school lunch money.
Then hundreds of billion 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 polution greenhouse gas and garbage than anyother on earth. And doesn't even make us happy, in so many ways, it's just not working. But we are keeping it on life support insead of building something better . A lot of that life support comes in the form of subsidies. A subsidy is a giveway they give some companies a lift over others. That's not necessarily a bad thing. We should help companies that are building a better future, the problem is our govement keeps lifting up companies that actually dragging us down. Everywhere you look along the dinosaur economy, you'll find this subsidies.
They're spending subsidies: where the govement just gives our money away, llike payments that benefit big agribusiness more helping drive family farms off a cliff. Or the less obvious version where the govement foots the bill for things corporations should pay for themselves, like cleaning up toxic chemical spill or giant livestock manure ponds, or building roads that only go to one place like a new Walmat, or paying for polluting or wasteful garbage incinerator we would never make financial sense to build on their own.
Then there's tax subsidies, which excuse big corporation form contributing their fair share, like the enormous tax breaks granted to oil and gass companies, even in times of record profits. This subsides amount to billions we should be collecting and putting to good use.
And then there're risk transfer subsidis where our govement acts as an investment bank or an insurence company for coroporations doing risking things, like building nuclear reactors if anything goes wrong, we have to cover for them.
There is freebie subsidies, where our govement give stuff blongs to all of us to corporations for cheap or even free. That's billions more that we should be collecting but never see. Like permits to mince public lands granted at price set in Mining law of 1872, really 1872 ! present Grant signed this law to encourage settlement of the west. It's settled, and all these doesn't even count externalized costs. They don't show up on any spreadsheet and could amount to trillion of dollars including all of the damage to the environment, public health and the climate that this dinosaur economy causes. Without laws that make the polluters pay, we all pay with the loss of clean air and water. Of increased asthma and canceer.
By the time we've handed out all these subsidies there isn't even enough moeny to pay our bills, forget about building a better future.
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