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originally posted by: Aazadan
a reply to: SubTruth
I love the free market and all but you need some government involvement. Otherwise how do we compete with countries like China which use businesses backed by the government to develop products? Private investors only have so much money to throw around.
We currently do not have a free market........it has been many,many years since we did. It is all a lie, we are so far off the path we do not even know what the path looks like anymore.
Young occupy minded people listen to what I am about to say.........If we truly followed the constitution corporate oligarchies could not and would not exist in the US.
You mention China........It will fall apart within 10 years unless it changes. Progressive utopias in the past have always failed. Look at Nazi Germany..... Hitler was the leader of a Union
Giving taxpayer money to private companies should be illegal. If the government just stayed out of the picture and did what they are supposed to do the economy would be great. Companies would sell goods and people would buy them.
Along with the development of the atomic bomb, the digging of the Panama Canal, and landing the first men on the moon, the construction of a transcontinental railroad was one of the United States' greatest technological achievements. Railroad track had to be laid over 2,000 miles of rugged terrain, including mountains of solid granite.
Before the transcontinental railroad was completed, travel overland by stagecoach cost $1,000, took five or six months, and involved crossing rugged mountains and arid desert. The alternatives were to travel by sea around the tip of South America, a distance of 18,000 miles; or to cross the Isthmus of Panama, then travel north by ship to California. Each route took months and was dangerous and expensive. The transcontinental railroad would make it possible to complete the trip in five days at a cost of $150 for a first-class sleeper.
The first spikes were driven in 1863, in the midst of the Civil War. Two companies competed to lay as much track as possible. The Central Pacific built east from Sacramento, Calif., while the Union Pacific built west from Omaha, Neb. The government gave the companies rights of way of 200 feet on each side of the track and financial aid of $16,000 to $48,000 for each mile of track laid.
I'll have to find some examples of Presidents sending bills to Congress.
Then I'll get back to ya.