No, the phone system is a network of compatible and standardized endpoints. No one really cares how they are connected, just like no one would care if Facebook didn't use the internet. I think the phone system is a pretty good example.
While I strongly feel that imported gasoline should be taxed to reflect its true cost, I have to disagree with you on your Exxon analogy. Oil would be profitable with or without government tax breaks. Only the "where" they choose to drill would change. Tesla is royally f'd if the feds discontinue the electric car tax credit, as it would completely destroy the already tortured calculus involved with total cost of ownership.
Of course I want instant gratification - that's the whole point of convenience. The sad fact is that I can get a better product for free than anything I can pay for.
Then why do I willingly pay for both Netflix and Prime? Those services are extremely convenient, but the selection is not always there. Usenet/torrent are good fill-ins for those services, and probably will be until these knuckleheads realize that their government-enabled monopoly isn't really very enforceable anymore.
I agree it is all taxes. But my point was that requiring the attendant to pump your gas doesn't actually cost anything. In fact it is cheaper, whatever the "real" reason. Gas buyers are better off in Jersey than in us neighboring states.
Right, but the product shipped FROM my state (Pennsylvania). The Kentucky detour is what made it "bizarro".
Right, but Nissan could stop Leaf production tomorrow and be just fine. Not so with the Model S.
Since Tesla only sells EVs, it is correct to say "every Tesla". I understand that the government is not picking a company, but it doesn't make Tesla any less dependent on federal aid.
They approached existing dealers first. Only if existing dealers refused to build a dedicated facility would they offer up the territory to a new dealer. I'm sure you could find Saturn dealers who owned no other GM franchises, but I am under the impression that this was rare. I do know one Chevy/Cadillac/Oldsmobile/Pontiac/GMAC dealer who told them to go pound sand.
And GM had the advantage of using their existing dealers. They leaned on them to build new showrooms, but most were existing dealers. It really and truly was just a re-branding effort. The new relationship with labor was interesting, but never really produced an exceptional car.
Not just loans - every Tesla car is "subsidized" by thousands of dollars via a tax write-off for the buyer.
And yet the gas is cheaper than in next-door PA, where you have to get out in the cold. If you end up in NJ frequently, you even time your gas purchases for when you are on the Jersey side.
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I'm one of the users seeing this. The ads are still obvious to me - I assumed that they did it to make the site more mobile-friendly, but it could be a downward slide down your slope.
(yes, I know I should be paying use tax anyway)
Paying an unenforceable tax would be quite foolish, IMHO
Or at least not very pragmatic.