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Why is it that subsidizing rail is evil but subsidizing airlines is necessary?

Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Nov 29th, 2006 at 01:26:16 PM EST
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The automobile completely destroyed the passenger rail industry in the US. Had the rail industry survived in any serviceable form we would likely be subsidizing them to the same degree as the airlines today, as the rail industry would have had lobbyists with long, deep ties to various politicians of the sort that the airline, auto, and telecom industries have.

you are the media you consume.

by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Wed Nov 29th, 2006 at 01:35:27 PM EST
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Ironically, US rail's fall from favour was partly due to heir earlier strong meddling in politics, they didn't got the subsidies in the first half of the 20th century because that was then how politicians demonstrated that they aren't corrupt.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Wed Nov 29th, 2006 at 02:38:08 PM EST
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