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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, 726,000,000,000 dollars in 2011. Wow! We can build a lot of better future with that kind of money. Spending billions on fire planes we don’t need or wars with no end, and saying we are broke just isn’t honest. It’s like calling your kid from your billion dollar yard to tell you kind of can’t afford school lunch money. Then hundreds of billions more goes to prompting up the dinosaur economy. You know, the …story we still talking about … stuff? The one that produces more pollution, greenhouse 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 are keeping our life support instead of building something better. A lot of that life support comes in form of subsidies. A subsidy is a giveaway that give some companies a lift over others. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, we should help companies that building a better future. The problem is that our government keeps lifting companies that are actually dragging us down.
Everywhere you look along this dinosaur economy you’ll find subsidies. There’s spending subsidies where the government just gives our money away; like payments that benefits big agri-business will helping drive family farm off the cliff. Or the less obvious version, like the government foot the bill things corporation should pay for themselves, like cleaning up toxic chemical spills or … giant livestock …… or building roads that only lead to one good place like a new Walmart. Or paying for polluting in ways for garbage centers who will never make financial sense to build on their own.
Then there’s tax subsidies, Which excuse big corporations from contributing their fare share. Like the enormous tax break to grant oiling companies even in times of record profits. These subsidies amount to billions we should be collecting and putting to good use. And then there’s risk transfer subsidies where our government accident … invest bank or insurance company for corporations doing risky things, like building nuclear reactors, if anything goes wrong, we have to cover for them. There’s freebie subsidies, where our government give out stuff that belong to all of us to corporations for cheap or even free. That’s billions more that we should be collecting but never see. Like permit to mine public lands grant the prices set in the mining law 1872. Really! 1872. President Grant sighed this log to encourage settlement in the west, news is refresh, it’s settled.
And all of this doesn’t even count externalized costs. They don’t show … any … and could amount to trillions of dollars including all the damages to the environment, public health and the climate that the dinosaur economy causes. Without laws that make these polluters pay, we all pay with the loss of cleaner water, of increased asthma cancer, by the time we handed out all the subsidies there even isn’t enough money to pay our bills, forget about building a better future.
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