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"Government Motors" returns to top of world's auto sales

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by TigerVols, Jan 20, 2012.

  1. JR

    JR Well-Known Member

    But....but...but....subsidies are SOCILISM!
  2. J-School Blue

    J-School Blue Member

    The best way to do this, to my mind, is to set up some kind of competitive government grant system companies can apply for. Not unlike the (much maligned for questionable utility, but the grant system in and of itself isn't a bad model) National Endowment for the Arts.
  3. TigerVols

    TigerVols Well-Known Member

    There is. In fact, there are several (and any second now, some of our right wing friends will come by to remind us Solyndra received the first of one of these competitive grants).
  4. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    Well, shoot, that is pretty conclusive.

    It not only redefines the word subsidy, it turns tripe into fact.
  5. TigerVols

    TigerVols Well-Known Member

    At the risk of you launching into another epic screed that you're so famously mocked for...I ask, are you seriously contending that US military spending in the Persian Gulf over the past half-century or so is not mainly to protect our oil supplies?
  6. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Or the interstate highway system.

    Imagine how different things would be if Al Gore did not build the internet.
  7. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    Mock away. That's your problem, not mine.

    That is not a subsidy. A does not = B. Or else you can argue somehow that the military industrial complex is somehow a subsidy that keeps everything in America from costing some multiple more than it does (make up whatever numbers you want).

    A government subsidy can be directly traced to financial preference given to an industry segment or special interest group by legislation. For example, the "Promoting Electric Vehicles Act of 2011."
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    ifilus Well-Known Member

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    Starman Well-Known Member

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  10. TigerVols

    TigerVols Well-Known Member

    For the record, just noting the hypocrisy's timeline.
  11. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    So offering incentives to the private industry to create a technology that we do not already have is a bad idea?

    Isn't that how private industry jump started non-stop trans-continental flight? Was that a bad idea?

  12. micropolitan guy

    micropolitan guy Well-Known Member

    Butch, Sundance and Ragu all hate the Union Pacific Railroad.
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