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Germany considers to fight pollution
with free public transportation

Washington Post, by Rick Noack

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Berlin - When the discussion turns to the rising costs of living in many global cities, one factor rarely goes unmentioned: public transport fees. New Yorkers only spend about $116.50 per month on average, compared with up to $200 in London. Some Germans, however, might soon have to spend a whooping $0. (Snip) More than 130 cities in Europe are currently affected by “life-threatening” air pollution, according to the European Commission. They are believed to be responsible for about 400,000 deaths each year in the European Union. And even though Germany is far from being Europe’s most polluted nation, the topic is taken

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Am I the only one who can think that this sets up a target rich environment for all those unvetted, young and angry Muslims Angela Merkel so unwisely let in? Bueller? BTW, a solution to their pollution problems could be to use their technological genius to find ways to cleanup and upgrade their manufacturing sectors.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Wetenschapper, 2/14/2018 10:14:37 AM     (No. 11543467)

"Free", huh? Germans won´t think so when they see their tax bills. As the old saying goes, "if you think something is expensive now, just wait until the government gives it away for ´free´".

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Scrubber, 2/14/2018 10:19:56 AM     (No. 11543474)

Liberals. Ya gotta luv’em.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Ribald1, 2/14/2018 11:00:13 AM     (No. 11543524)

If they really thought these government people herding systems were a good thing, they would use them themselves.
Actually, if they made all government employees and officials (elected or otherwise) use the government supplied transportation the whole idea would get scrapped quickly.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: mc squared, 2/14/2018 11:06:09 AM     (No. 11543533)

If the riders set up tents and Sterno stoves will that be free housing?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: coyote, 2/14/2018 12:08:19 PM     (No. 11543596)

Now we know it won´t be free. Who ya going to dumb the tab on?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 2/14/2018 12:53:11 PM     (No. 11543658)

Do you know why government, especially the "greeny" kind of governments do not outlaw gas engine cars? they could do it in a weekend of legislation. They do not do it because then, the government itself would own the pollution. They would rather play around pretending to be all environmental than really take it in command. If you want to give away the transportation industry, just give everyone an electric car. Simple. Heck, give everyone clothing and houses and all the food they need- give everything for free! But, I think that has already been tried- It´s called North Korea!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Clinger, 2/14/2018 12:55:27 PM     (No. 11543662)

Wasn´t about to pay the toll to read the article.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: sw penn, 2/14/2018 12:58:19 PM     (No. 11543663)

You know what is "free public transportation"?

Walking, in the slush, is "free public transportation"!

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Reply 9 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 2/14/2018 1:22:05 PM     (No. 11543690)

Let´s call it the ´´People´s Wagen´´ and celebrate the additional Lebensraum.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Hotrod, 2/14/2018 2:06:52 PM     (No. 11543730)

What a wonderful place for the street people to hang out when it´s snowing and cold! What are they gonna do, kick them off the bus and be called racist? Ha!

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 2/14/2018 2:25:09 PM     (No. 11543750)

For those who´ve never been to Germany, don´t think for a second that train/subway vagrants are tolerated. While yes, Germany is a socialist state, they have a lower overall taxation compared to Americans, plus they give taxpayers something quite good for their money.

Every time I come back to the States from overseas I get more appalled at how much our Overlords take versus how little they actually do that´s worthwhile or any good. Hurricane Sandy" relief, the "Big Dig", "Bridge to no where", "SuperTrain to Vegas", "Yucca Mountain", ... ad nauseam

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Omen, 2/14/2018 2:38:15 PM     (No. 11543767)

Ya get what ya pay for.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Ribald1, 2/14/2018 4:42:06 PM     (No. 11543880)

#11 Seig heil!
The German government spends 45% of GDP
The US 35%
Socialist lies and propaganda won´t go unchallenged here.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 2/14/2018 9:53:10 PM     (No. 11544166)

I referenced personal taxation of which Germany is 47 and the USA is 40.

https://tradingeconomics.com/country-list/personal-income-tax-rate

Hardly a huge difference considering Germany is an unapologetic socialist state.

Combine all Federal, State, Municipal, Local, Excise, Property, Real Estate, Licensing, Sales, etc. taxes then compare to similar in any developed country in the world. We get poor education, squalor, and decaying bridges. Some "bang" for the buck.

Time for some housecleaning.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Smart11344, 2/15/2018 12:47:18 PM     (No. 11544765)

Germany could start by discontinuing the manufacturing of the obscenely polluting VW diesel automobile. They probably paint the with lead based paint, too.

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