4 thoughts on “Because He’s Not Stupid?”

  1. I see a couple of the unclued in comments:

    Can you please get off the tripe that unions are responsible for the state of public education? Unions were there when the education system was GREAT, they were there when it was mediocre, and they are still there.

    And I imagine the unions will be there when the schools in question crater.

    Another poster whines about the “threats”.

    So, Buckley’s statement would be incoherent, unless you just accept it for the obvious blackmail threat it is.

    I guess he’s never lived in a world where people follow up on their threats.

  2. Belatedly Jack Welch ex-CEO of GE is getting the drift of The One’s anti-business actions. I’ll never forgive him for HIS selection of Jeffrey Imhelt as his successor. GE epitomizes the worst of crony capitalism. The whole go green BS starting with the poisonous curly light bulbs.

  3. I wonder if one could declare a law that any tax breaks and other incentives given to large businesses should also be given to small businesses. There seems to be a growing inequality here. I would also note that a stagnant population of big businesses and a lack of start ups is one of the major things responsible for the malaise in Japan the last couple of decades. A healthy economy requires a high rate of small businesses turning into large businesses (and tired large businesses being broken up). The US is currently in some danger on this front. Start ups are far more critical to the economic future than big businesses, and that playing field needs to be leveled.

    One depressing feature of the Wisconsin mess is that large tax incentives are being offered to lure in large businesses by directly compensating them for the lower productivity (public sector union induced) of the state. Giving selective tax breaks to make up for the poor business environment, and creating a circle of ever increasing corruption. It is understandable why this is happening, what other choice does the governor have? But one inefficiency begets another. Ideally the tax breaks should be ended and states should be competing directly on pure business productivity – being a good place to do business, not compensating bribery. There is a lot to be said for a flat and across the board tax on business profit, personal incomes and trusts, level the playing field and take corruption out of the game, make the state accountable on pure productivity. Force them to compete on the quality of the legislation and governorship alone – not their bribery.

    Maybe if such an approach could be demonstrated at the state level, it might eventually seep through to the federal level.

  4. “GE epitomizes the worst of crony capitalism. The whole go green BS starting with the poisonous curly light bulbs.”

    Who profited from the water-miser toilets? I’d lay a curse on the promulgators of that scheme if I knew who they were.

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