For those with any accounting ability, it's clear that the total sum of the expenses being charged to the American taxpayer's account by the government add up to only one thing: the loss of our freedoms.
Taxpayers are paying thousands of dollars to send people to prisons when the fines are less than the cost of incarceration. Some counties even brag about the amount of money raised from fines, but they are using false math.
It's hard to see the UN gaining any traction around proposed financial consequences for countries. But there are consequences for investor-owned companies. We know who those companies are, and now we know how much each is to blame.
We use a market response -- a fine -- to address a moral wrong. We focus on the corporation rather than the individuals responsible, acting as if we can permissibly separate the wrong from human agency.