In Reply to Parent Post by Craig H.
Some apples and oranges. What works in Europe as far as transport goes works to a large degree because they have shorter distances to travel over a smaller amount of real estate.
I am not sure "both sides" are really being represented now.
I do not have problems with traders per se. I don't like carbon trading for the same reasons I don't like derivitives. They are trading smoke and mirrors (OK, just smoke for the carbon tax, but you get my drift). There is no intrensic value there, nothing of substance underlying the instrument.
Vouchers, as I understand them, are given out, and are not a tax credit, to my knowledge. I really don't understand your point here.
Agreed, we have a great deal of sprawl here. Much has been brought on by the automobile's ready availability - not uncoincidentally about the same time frame that mass transit rail systems were bought up and dismantled, in part by the auto industry.
And so the thing just goes round and round.
I share your distaste with people making money off of producing nothing, but the same can be said of many industries, including insurance. Interestingly, moral hazard
is one of the current topics in my economics class. I wonder if this has something to do with your sense of disquiet.
School vouchers take more than one form
. The tax credit has become a favored political trick. Is it for personal gain, or its its intent a public service via "better education through choice"?