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    but it's kind of a feature that if your economy relies almost exclusively on the intensive extraction of local resources, you have to expect there will be hard times as well.  I mean, trees only grow so fast.  If generation 1 comes in and cuts everything nearby and generation 2 cuts the second tier of trees, but it takes 3 generations to produce marketable trees, somebody is getting screwed.  

    To me, work to alleviate their suffering doesn't necessarily mean letting them cut the last remaining big trees.  It means reducing barriers to diversifying their economies.  For example, when we give corporations like WalMart huge tax advantages, the ability to pay low wages and no benefits, and we don't do anything about the flow of cheap Chinese shit onto their shelves, we make it impossible for those little logging towns to develop other sectors to their economy such as small retail and manufacturing or local farming.

    Then they don't make the connection, scream for "More trees!", and vote for the pro-WalMart and other corporations GOP and perpetuate their own problem.  

    Political compass: -8.75 / -4.72

    by Mark Mywurtz on Fri Jul 26, 2013 at 07:29:11 AM PDT

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    •  I was thinking of direct subsidies to displaced (1+ / 0-)
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      workers matching their old incomes until they can find new employment at the same rate.

      We should be doing that everywhere we displace workers due to govt policy.

      “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

      by ban nock on Fri Jul 26, 2013 at 07:36:21 AM PDT

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