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September 10, 2008


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Craig Westover

Charlie --

Here is something we both agree on, but for different reasons. I don't think government should be in the business of handing out subsidies; you don't think government should be in the business of handing out subsidies for things you don't think government should be handing out subsidies for.

In principle, why is handing out a subsidy to a private business with the objective of creating jobs (but really, as Baker says, taking money from other parts of the economy) different than handing out a subsidy for light rail to (as Peter McLaughlin says) “guide development”? Both efforts aim to create jobs and promote the common good; both provide a private benefit to a few with public money from many. Both pick winners and create losers by directing money to areas where people would not freely choose to spend it. Both end up costing more in the long run than they deliver in benefits.

So what are you praising or knocking, here Charlie? The outcome or the process?


Ditto for Craig's comment.

Subsidies distort the market, are inherintly unfair and interfere with the ability for natural corrective measures to take place in a sustainable, competitive free market economy that is the true secret of success of the United States of America.

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