On the way to work today, listening to the local a.m. talk radio crew, a caller was protesting one of the fellows stating he though AMTRAK should be defunded. The caller's point was that EVERY mode of transportation is "subsidized", whether it be air traffic controllers, airports, or highways. What the caller didn't realize is that back end use fees usually pay for these efforts on the front end.
Using the callers logic, it follows that the Nazis "subsidized" its death camp prisoners by providing complementary guards, beds, and rudimentary shelter. Before they killed them.
I use the word "Nazis" because it is such an emotionally charged term that makes it easier for me to manipulate your outlook.
As I pointed out in my last post, although with way too many words, income taxes are only one portion of the fees and tariffs and various taxes that are especially assigned to various businesses. In the case of businesses that ADD to the GDP, a dollar in income tax subsidies exist because they generate more than a dollar in back end taxes. Government rarely gives anything away. In the case of businesses that DO NOT add to the GDP, subsidies are the equivalent of burning money. The destruction of GDP. It might make sense in certain situations, but it is not supportable as status quo.
For example, if you are in a footrace with a bunch of other folks, and, for good measure and to be Romanesque, starving lions will be released behind the racers, and you are the naturally fastest runner, and the officials tell you you have to wear shackles on your feet where none of the other runners need to, is it "unfair" to let you carry a 10 lb stone instead of the 15 lb stone the unshackled guys have to carry?
The other racers cry "unfair! Delbert only has to carry 10 pounds!" It would be unfair if those were the only facts. The shackles, however, materially affect the unfairness opinion, don't you agree?
If we hobble the fast guy because he farts, and we don't want to smell his farts, we better get used to slow guys carrying our stuff and messages around. Get used to less efficiency.
We need to look at the WHOLE picture, and people, our politicians and pundits don't WANT you to see the whole picture. They want you to get angry because the hobbled guy is carrying a lighter stone. One way or another.