The money trail

Big study today about the lifelong problems children can suffer when they grow up living next to highways. In some ways not surprising, but nonetheless devastating.

Free-market fundamentalists are against the kind of planning that would help communities segregate uses - like keeping schools away from interstates. Let the market work it out they say.

Free-market fundamentalists are against requirements that corporations be restrained in their ability to pollute. Let the auto manufacturers decide how much crap their vehicles spew into the environment. Let the market work it out they say.

Free market fundamentalists are against universal health care. For those most vulnerable and needy and sick, let the insurance companies decide who should have the benefit of health and life. Let the market work it out they say.

Free market fundamentalists are against restraints on payday lenders. Let the no-good poor people borrow money at exorbitant rates if they can't get the money they need anywhere else. It's a public service and they should be happy to be in debt for the rest of their lives. Let the market work it out they say.

Free market fundamentalists have a vested interest in a perpetually poor and uninformed underclass. It is where they make their money.