Much is made by the anti-capitalist/anti-consumerism/anti-American folks with regard to expected collateral damage. How much money does the drug company make versus pays out in lawsuits from problems with the new wonder drug? What about cars and auto safety? Food?
And it all seems to fall back on capitalist ventures. After all, isn’t making money intrinsically evil?
Has ANYONE ever done a study regarding gov’t-mandated bicycle paths? I live in a liberal-minded college town, with numerous ‘free’ bike paths (SOMEONE had to pay for the paint and signs), and a circuitous ‘free’ city bus line. I’m guessing they cost money, too. (Getting us used to bicycles by providing paths to make us more like Europe and Asia sounds like a ‘nudge’ to me! Remember when soccer was what other-than-Americans played?)
And then there’s the Metro Rail Line, which inconvenienced thousands and businesses during construction, but now is having regular accidents as it’s running Valley-wide. This does cost the riders money, at least.
And did someone crunch the numbers over raised medians (with or without grass and trees) constructed of concrete, versus the painted street-level ones people use as a third lane? Dollars saved versus accidents?
I’m betting, as the powers-that-be wanted them, the numbers were never crunched. Or were fudged. Or nudged.
I know, I’m a cynic.