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02 January 2009 @ 03:23 pm
Positive Spin: It would be great if the economic slump...  
* ...encourages businesses to consider telecommuting and video conferencing in lieu of office buildings and business trips, wherever possible. A four-day work week might also become an attractive option for businesses looking to save money.

* ...leads to the legalization of "vices" that the government can then regulate and tax, thus making them safer and netting the government some much-needed tax revenue. Examples are prostitution and marijuana. This would also have the effect of reducing crime, reducing prison/jail populations, and freeing up law enforcement to go after violent offenders.

* ...persuades our government to lift embargoes, such as the one against Cuba. This would provide new revenue, potentially also some jobs, and lead to better relations with the countries in question.



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How Random Babbling Becomes Corporate Policyt3knomanser on January 2nd, 2009 09:56 pm (UTC)
And reducing prison populations would reduce expenses dramatically. It's expensive to keep those reefer-enraged murderous potheads off the street.

Of course, doing so would result in another bailout: much of the US prison system has been privatized. As those companies that shamelessly suck of the teat of our broken legal system collapse, they'll turn to the teat of government bailouts.
Miusheri: jon with tequilamiusheri on January 2nd, 2009 09:58 pm (UTC)
So may the airlines, if the number of business trips declines (as in my first bullet point). 99% of the airlines can suck my nonexistent left nut.
mqstout on January 5th, 2009 01:08 pm (UTC)
Revitalization of railroads as a national employment and building project? HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAAHAHHAHAA. They're too busy bailing out automobiles and airlines all the time ever to have helped the REAL transportation solution...
Miusheri: grim reapermiusheri on January 5th, 2009 02:45 pm (UTC)
Investing in new technology and infrastructure? B-b-but we need every spare penny to prop up the failing, outdated crap!

After all that pork and embezzlement, our overlords barely have enough funds to cover maintenance on existing roads- hence the big toll increase they recently instituted in PA.