So yeah, the "cost" to GM for the whole scandal was less than $100 per car. Sell a car fraudulently, pay the government $100, and be indemnified from all civil actions due to your fraud. Not a bad deal.
No point having a defeat device if if it makes you advertise worse numbers.
The choice was pass the test with good numbers, or fail the test with better numbers. They chose to pass the test, as it doesn't matter what your numbers are if you can't pass the test.
The contractors they use are corporations which provide workers who are W-2 employees of those corporations. A true contractor is an independent 1099 worker who set rates, covers their own healthcare, retirement, etc. Don't confuse the two.
"That might be because the taxpayers do not have the collective-bargaining powers, when talking to the IRS"
Tat would be getting tens of thousands of voters to sign petitions and forming alliances with organizations like the Chamber of Commerce and NFIB.
You have the implicit assumption that technology equates to doing things better. It does not. Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Uber's way of doing things may not be better even if it does use technology.
Smith had a few choice things to say about corporations too. His economics in fact does not work if you allow corporations to function.
Free people wouldn't let the collective tell them how they must get paid for work they do, in cash or favours.
No employer overpays for labour, what this nonsense is, is just another case of government getting in the middle of two people, preventing them from agreeing on the terms of exchange.
The law is based on the same idea as old-fashioned mining claims: Whoever discovers and get their first gets to claim it as their own. It doesn't claim anything in space for the US - it says that under US law objects in space may be claimed as private property.
No I didn't see anything like that,
The Space Resource Exploration and Utilization Act gives any American who successfully extracts natural resources from outer space the property rights over the haul.
even one of the critical articles doesn't imply any kind of claim, it's go out there collect some booty and haul ass home; wash, rinse repeat.
Real programs don't eat cache.