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Comment Do you want to live next to an oil pipeline? (Score 1) 111

Or fracking operation? Coal power plant? Of course not, especially if you can get your lights on and your care cruising on the highway through other means. You would rather have a thousands birds ground by wind turbines per day than get lung cancer from breathing radioactive coal smog.

So why are these things next to your home? Of course, because government has forced you and only the Standing Rock tribe had the cojones to call their bullshit. Fossil fuel industry only still exists because we are spineless.

Comment Re:Free market unleashed (Score 1) 251

In fact, here in Texas we do this tax abatements and subsidies all the time at the state, county and city levels of government and have successfully attracted some pretty big employers to the area with tens of thousands of jobs. Take a look at Texas' unemployment numbers of you doubt this works, also look at the state's budget surplus if you doubt it is good for the economy.

The problem is, you eventually run out of other people's money to give to corporations.

I live in Texas, too. That budget surplus, though. It has its downside:


Comment Re:Free market unleashed (Score 4, Insightful) 251

Like it or not the cost of everything in a country eventually lands on the shoulders of the productive non-business owner. It's just a fact in economy. Governments don't produce and companies can't eat costs for long or they'll cease to be.

Then wouldn't it make more sense to subsidize the consumer if you're going to subsidize anything?

Comment Socialist paradise (Score 2) 375

California/Silicon Valley government has made it simultaneously illegal for folks of ordinary means to access new housing (NIMBY) and to support themselves (for example it's against regulations to cook food at home and sell it to neighbors). At the same time, tech corporations pay very little taxes as for some insane (likely lobbyist-driven) risen, Prop 13 that was intended to help grandma applies to commercial real estate.

So we have a handful of tech corporations and thousands of young single employees in tiny studios living among crumbling infrastructure and Democratic party officials wondering why they lost on national arena.

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