Economic Development: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

State and local governments offer large financial incentives to attract employers to their part of the country. John Oliver explains what communities get, or often don’t get, in return. 

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  • The lack of tax revenue is not equivalent to a loss of tax revenue. Simple man.

    Gearoid Collins June 11, 2020 8:14 pm Reply
  • 01:23



    Arnold Gaither June 11, 2020 8:14 pm Reply
  • I love how we pay taxes for road maintenance and upkeep as well as infrastructure yet these companies use and abuse them more than tax payers do combined, given shipping and manufacturing demands. We are driving over potholes, yet their roads and lots are always like new. It is not acceptable to allow any major business such as these to dodge taxes the way they do. If anything they should have a much, much higher tax than we do since they use those features more than the average Joe. This isn’t the capitalism that Adam Smith envisioned. The United States has bastardized the hell out of his principles. It has become too corrupt. The blue collar worker is now no more than a common slave wiping the asses of his masters. However it isn’t sustainable. Adam Smith warmed that if the economic gap grew too great that it would all collapse completely. And the greedy don’t care for foresight not morality, so it is coming. It’s been happening, some of it is just spread out over so much time that you cannot see how tightly it is interwoven. And few will suffer now than those gluttonous enough to have caused it. The poor are used to doing without and finding other means of survival, the wealthy aren’t capable of surviving without their financial resources. They will be among a sea of enemies in the real world they will fall helplessly into. And they will look to their prior slaves to save them from their own incompetency at being “men”.

    X-01 Unknown June 11, 2020 8:14 pm Reply
  • I have believe in a economy very similar to today's world but with one major change. If to few people/entity/business/thing own most of the money a certain percentage must always be available to the community/public of the world. There should always be at least 65% of the money in today's dollars available to the public and must maintain a pattern similar to it at the end of every year. Whether to earn, keep, or other economic choices, This change can be possible if we allow the cost of living (basic food/water/shelter) to be free for all, but only the bare minimum. This will free the economy to be more focused on businesses and it will allow governments to change the pattern of it with out causing any harm to any one seriously in there way of living.

    I also believe that there should be a futuristic economy were it doesn't focus on supply and demand. The cost of basic living is free and the creation of what the world is interested in is what is only relevant and pattern of money is irrelevant as long as the goal was completed.

    kevtarzan June 11, 2020 8:14 pm Reply
  • Im from Seattle, trust me Amazon and Bezos will ruin yo town.

    Tanner Denny June 11, 2020 8:14 pm Reply
  • Honest question, what would happen if all the states decided that they no longer want to give tax breaks to these big corporations, what exactly are they going to do? Will they decide not to do business in quite possibly the biggest market on the planet? Will they go to Europe where the taxes are even higher, and the benefits to corporations are much lower? What's stopping the states from saying "Pay your taxes, or fuck off".

    Michael Jaradeh June 11, 2020 8:14 pm Reply
  • When the first guy said "Alexa, where should Amazon build its new HQ?" MY fucking Alexa heard that and responded with "Amazon is building its new HQ……

    Brendan Burman-Bellenger June 11, 2020 8:14 pm Reply
  • Learned more about the ins an outs of the government's around the world than I ever learned in school. Thanks😁. No really. Thanks John✌💖🙏

    Tammie Rice June 11, 2020 8:14 pm Reply
  • Lol Season 1 of 'Goliath" is SO good. Seasons 2 & 3….eh, not so great.

    AJ Carter June 11, 2020 8:14 pm Reply
  • @7:05 LOL LOL LOL

    End-Gamer June 11, 2020 8:14 pm Reply
  • It seems like more politicians are becoming aging white people.

    german gamer June 11, 2020 8:14 pm Reply
  • Arizona has made terrible deals with businesses to have them move here. It’s killed public schools

    mymak2015 June 11, 2020 8:14 pm Reply
  • Oh boy. Ken Ham is the worst.

    Lumber Jack City June 11, 2020 8:14 pm Reply
  • Slatted floors on multiple levels – the movie Platform comes to mind 🙂

    random girl June 11, 2020 8:14 pm Reply
  • Its a pandemic.
    People MUST DIE.. Shout that

    Amicus Dei June 11, 2020 8:14 pm Reply
  • Its 2020 John.. Have you seen the fucking boat that they fuuuuuuuuucked??
    And please stop making cooronavirus pieces

    Amicus Dei June 11, 2020 8:14 pm Reply
  • 5:12 but I wish he seen the man in the high castle. They need a fifth season.

    ON June 11, 2020 8:14 pm Reply
  • I've seen Goliath

    Tim Thorp June 11, 2020 8:14 pm Reply
  • Quarantine Gang

    Aqua Jackal June 11, 2020 8:14 pm Reply
  • Jobs are not important and neither is career. Only creates wage slaves in a world where there is more than enough to provide for all, with none left out and costing no one a penny. (because money is archaic and needs to go anyway). Most menial jobs can be automated now, freeing humanity to do other things.

    Mr Sardonicus June 11, 2020 8:14 pm Reply
  • lower the minimum wage, reduce benefits, and ease land acquisition in order to encourage companies to build more infrastructure.

    Jarrod Yuki June 11, 2020 8:14 pm Reply
  • "Jobs: Literally the only reason amyone gets up before 11am."
    Me still in bed at 2:30pm on Monday during lockdown: "Yep"

    CJFerg81 June 11, 2020 8:14 pm Reply
  • 2:34 Them's fightin' words, ya Hoosier bastards.

    You let Mike Pence run your state into the ground. It's a dump and everyone is poor there. Compare your lakefront to ours and then kill yourselves by jumping in the polluted water on yours.

    Matt James June 11, 2020 8:14 pm Reply
  • Jobs.

    avedic June 11, 2020 8:14 pm Reply

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