When it comes down to it Hollywood wants to make money. Sure it may rail against “capitalism” and “greed” and the town may be full of people who would swear that they are anything but capitalists. But it costs money to fill swimming pools and party in “The Hills.” And so the movie industry has largely abandoned the once Golden State.
Don’t see why this should be a problem.
The municipal pension burden in many big cities in the US is massive. In Chicago, long a haven for the unionized city workers, this is especially so. Who needs police anyway? Chicago’s not a war zone or anything. Spend the money on city retirees. Just because everyone knew that the pension contracts which were signed by unions and politicians were completely undoable years ago, I mean everyone knew this, is no reason to become responsible now. Screw the city. I want my retirement!
Public sector unions are out of control in this country. From sea to shining sea public “servants” have refused reforms to pension programs which threaten to derail public finances. Funding for police, schools, and roads is being sacrificed to pay for programs which benefit a narrow group of highly politically connected workers. Often public workers make six figure salaries when the people in the communities which fund these government workers on average make nowhere near that.
A couple of days ago we wrote about robots developed by Boston Dynamics – funded by DARPA – which may some day soon be deployed as an adjunct and perhaps even one day as a replacement for human soldiers. Scary stuff.
As we have said in the past MSNBC is what modern propaganda looks like. Media Matters issues talking points (often with the input of the Obama White House) and MSNBC spits them back out. (To a smaller and smaller audience it should be added.)
It sounds like there is some good work going on here. The only potential problem we see is that at least some of the effort outlined in the attached article appears to be an attempt to unionize outsourced projects. That would only contribute to the cronyism problem. One does not want unions anywhere near government services, outsourced or otherwise.
Rand Paul questioned by Mara Liasson of NPR, Charles Krauthammer, and George Will on how the Republicans (the New Republicans) will deal with the failure of Obamacare. Very interesting viewing.
The unions don’t want to get too close to Obamacare for fear that the program might rub off on their plans.