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One the main argument, I have nothing to add just applaud. In particular the cross-subsidy arguments; I didn't realise that suburban sprawl had tax-related incentives, too.

But for passenger transport, "Interstate Highway" is a misnomer. The bulk of the passenger miles on the Interstate Highway system are local passengers, not interstate passengers.

Gives me an idea. Every time I have to explain to someone that a USA-wide (EU-wide) HSR network is not built for LA-NYC (London-Moscow) trips, but will still see most traffic on shorter distances (with the possibility of long trips as an extra feature of linking up shorter sections), I could refer to the Interstate parallel.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Mon Aug 16th, 2010 at 02:34:23 PM EST
... there are also local tax holidays for establishment of industrial parks, the Federal provision that capital gains from property development can be rolled over, which encourages successful property developers to look for an even bigger project to work on the next time, as well as the deduction of mortgage interest from taxable income.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.
by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Mon Aug 16th, 2010 at 03:35:01 PM EST
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