Archives for: September 2004, 25
Is the end near for the Twinkie?
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Why the government bails out companies that are poisoning us, I don't understand. Yes, I know it's to protect jobs, but that money could be better used to help bring about jobs without clogging the nation's arteries at the same time. There are plenty of small companies that are more friendly to the environment, trying to grow and supply jobs, but struggling under stifling corporate taxes.
I saw this over and over again with a steel plant nearby. They kept going bankrupt, getting bailed out, and going under again, until they finally went under for good. They didn't treat their employees well, it was an unsafe place to work, and they were polluting the air we all breath. With all the millions that the government poured into that place, they could have provided job training and placement for the employees in better, safer jobs, and cleaned up the air for the rest of us. Nobody likes to see that many people out of work, but from all reports I've read and heard, most of the employees did get further education and better jobs after the place went under.
Will a huge government grant really turn a company around, or just delay the inevitable? I guess they could come up with a low-carb twinkie...it would probably be more deadly than the real thing though.
If you haven't seen Affluenza on PBS, I highly recommend catching it if you get the chance. The GDP is not an accurate measurement of how well our economy is functioning, in many ways, the more problems we have as a society, the better the GDP is. Costs of medical care, costs of broken families, all equal a higher GDP.
Hah! Here I am a conservative who wants to change the whole system. I guess what makes me a conservative is the belief that we should be allowed to take care of ourselves and solve our own problems, that handouts aren't ultimately helpful or empowering.