> In a message dated 6/18/00 7:47:16 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
> email@example.com writes:<< However, even though legal title to capital
> assets is directly or indirectly held by an individual, one branch or another
> of the government actually controls many of the functions of the corporation.
> << I gave an example in an earlier post of a manufacturer of fasteners used in
> the construction of nuclear power plants >>
> During my career in manufacturing consulting I have on occasion worked
> with people doing business with some branch of the nuclear power industry. I
> understand the way that the government can almost totally control the
> manufacturing process in that instance. The requirements in other cases
> where manufacturing is selling to the government are also rather heavy.
> However given that many of us remember the fight against the fascists &
> nazis and regard those terms as carrying an extremely heavy emotional load;
> don't you think that calling the entire U. S. economy fascist because some
> fraction of probably one percent of the entire economy voluntarily does
> business with the U. S. government rather extreme?
> Ron H.
The nuclear power industry does not do its business with the US
Government, but with the people, it is we who buy the power. Nuclear
power should be the least expensive power source, but it is among the
most expensive not due to safety systems, redundant systems, shielding,
or waste disposal, but because of government paperwork and legal fees to
fend off frivolous lawsuits from every whackjob group of tree huggers
who ever never understood that you pronounce it nu-clee-are, not
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