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When the cost of transportation both reduces the SOL of the already poor - and when the inconvenience leads to long commutes by car, at the expense of the regions air quality, and the planets health, I think thats an issue of concern for all. And I think decent schools, and safety are basic rights.

"Money provides choices. Lack of money decreases those choices."

Running our society that way IS a choice. But even if you accept that distribution of life chances based on market earnings is just - why should we accept govt interventions in the housing market that AGGRAVATE the housing situation of the poor?

"It isn't the government's responsibility to maximize convenience for everyone."

I would suggest that its the govts responsibility to comfort the afflicted, and to afflict the comfortable - but in this case there are policy options that would comfort the afflicted, well improving things for most of the comfortable as well.

by AWalkerInTheCity on Dec 19, 2012 1:54 pm • linkreport

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