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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 biggest trunk,726 billion dollars in 2011. WOW! We could build a lot of better future with that kind of money. Spending billions on fighter planes that we don't need or wars with no ends just isn't honest. It's like calling your kid from your billion yacht to tell you can't afford to school lunch money. Then hundreds of billion more go to propping up the dinosaur economy.You know, the ** system we talked about in the story of stuff. The one of producers more pollution green house gases and garbage than any other on earth and doesn't even make us happy. In so many ways it's just not working. But we're keeping on life support instead of building something better. A lot of that life support comes in form of subsidies. A subsidy is a giveaway to give some companies of lift over others. That's not nessarily a bad thing. We should help companies that are building a better future. The problem is our government keeps lifting up companies that are actully dragging us down. Every where you look along the dinosaur economy you'll find these subsidise. There's spending subsidies where our government just gives our money away. Payments that benefit big agri business while helping drive family farm off a cliff. Or the less obvious version where the government ** the bill for things corporation should pay for themselves, cleaning up toxic chemicals bills are giant live stuck or buiding roads will only go to one place, like a new Wal-mart. Or paying for polluting and waste for garbage for senators that will nvever make financial sense to build on their own. Then there's tax subsidies, which excuse big corporations from contributing their fair share. Like the enormous tax breaks granite to oil gas company, even in times of record profits. These subsidies are bound to billions we should be collecting and put into good use. And then there's risk transfer subsidies. Our government asks an investment bank or insurance company for coroperation to do risky things, like building nuclear reactors. If anything goes wrong, we have to cover for them. There's freebie subsidies while our government gives stuff that belongs to all of us to corperations for cheap or even free. That's billions more we should be collecting but never see, like permits to mine public land granted to prices set in the mining law 1872. Really, 1872, President Grant signed this law to encourage settlement of the west. News flash, it's settled. And this doesn't even count externalized cause. They don't show upon any sprichy and put among to trillions of dollars including all of the damage to the environment, public health that these dinosaur economy causes. Without laws that make these polluters pay, we all pay with lost of clean water, and increased asthma cancer. By the time we've handed at all these subsidies, there isn't even enough to pay for our bill. Forget about building the better future.

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