December 11, 1980

On December 11, 1980, US President Jimmy Carter signed into law the legislation that created a $1.6 billion environmental “superfund” that would help clean up chemical spills and toxic waste dumps. Libertarians throughout the United States complained and said that if people actually wanted pollution cleaned up, they would donate the money or the time themselves to clean it up. Or better yet, the Libertarians said that if it was really important to clean up toxic spills, the “Market” would take care of it. America and the IRS didn’t need to use force to steal from them to pay for the clean up of something they didn’t cause and weren’t interested in fixing. Libertarians really said this, and are still saying this forty years later.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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