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Comment Re:Free market unleashed (Score 1) 261

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) 261

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 Re:I'm ok with this... (Score 1) 476

their air's CO2 concentration would still be lower due to their forests scrubbing it out.

Trees act like a respiration system for the planet in that they absorb CO2 part of the year then shed their leaves which then generate CO2. The amount of oxygen used by most animals is marginal which is why we can exist. What this means is that if they were in a dome, there would be a rapid buildup of CO2 and they will suffocate if it didn't become scorching hot before that point.

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