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Putnam- Atlas already shrugged. Atlas cast off the responsibility for the public sector long ago when he realized he could buy off enough legislators in power to prevent any regulation of industry. Witness how BP expects the taxpayers to clean up its mess and never even had a functional plan for dealing with the inevitable failure and calamitous contamination of our ecosystem. Even now they are more interested in capturing the gushing oil spewing into the gulf than in stopping the damage from the flow.
The "looters" are the giant unregulated financial industry risking our retirement savings in crap shoots and betting against us and extracting billions of dollars from our hard earned funds to line their arrogant pockets.
The looters are the insurance industry where the top executives receive obscenely large bonuses not for providing needed services but for applying tricks of the trade to keep from providing services in order to maximize profits.
The looters are oil companies and Halliburton working behind the scenes to get Bush/Cheney elected and attempting to control the access to the extensive Iraqi oil fields by invading the country on a ruse, overthrowing the legitimate government and attempting to install provisions in the Iraqi constitution giving private US companies rights to their oil.
The looters are all the corporations and industries too numerous to list (but such as the tobacco and large agricultural farming industry) suckling on taxpayer subsidies and leaving the American workers to pay for the infrastructure of roads and police and armies and all the schooling of the future workers while they open offices on foreign soils skipping out on their tax obligations and forgetting about our American workers as they ship their call centers and data processing overseas.
But that is a divergence from the redevelopment in our local community. Where is there going to be a tax increase as a result of reinvesting the very small proportion of our public funds already collected and sent to the county? Or do you prefer the County use it instead to subsidize yet another private enterprise in Jackson Laboratories to bail out the Collier company’s failed real estate deal in Ave Maria?
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