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In the Race to be Cheap, Politics Wins

ehall Wrote: Mar 27, 2013 5:05 AM
What seems the obvious solution is to limit the size of companies controlled by any one person or family. The limit could be established by taxing any company gross profits exceeding an established limit (0.5% of US GNP?) at 100%. This would force overly large companies to divest or limit growth. Not popular with libertarians, but it is maybe an appropriate extension of Roosevelt's trust busting.
Colonialgirl Wrote: Mar 27, 2013 5:26 PM
What an idiotic left winger stupid idea. Who is going to determine how big is too big?
Curtis108 Wrote: Mar 27, 2013 1:00 PM
Ehall: Of all the "trusts" or "monopolies" that Roosevelt busted, please name for us the single characteristic they all had in common.

I'll tell you the little secret: they all lowered prices for their customers.

We really really need to stomp that out....
DoctorRoy Wrote: Mar 27, 2013 3:14 PM
Well that kind of sounds Un-American to me, ehall. What could be done though is to limit or better yet eliminate those companies abilities to buy the political process.
Bernard83 Wrote: Mar 27, 2013 7:58 AM
Ehall. What is needed is for the government to get out of the business of business thereby creating an environment in which business can grow and prosper. In such an environment business would compete for market share in every sector that showed potential for profit. Competition would divide the market share between the competing businesses thereby preventing any one of the businesses from getting too large.
With todays government intervention in business those businesses with friends in government have a distinct advantage and use that advantage to circumvent competition. The result is what we have today and government believes the way out of it is more intervention.

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