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Why We Can't Have Nice Things
Can Washington Make the Trains Run on Time?
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  • f1b0nacc1

    Que the usual suspects with: “Isolated cases”, “Conservatives hate unions!”, “higher taxes on the rich” (that was for you JR….grin….)

    • JR

      I appreciate it. Confiscatory taxation above a certain level is my new cause. FG ain’t got nothing on me.

      • f1b0nacc1

        Be careful, the stupid is strong with that one…

      • M Snow

        What level did you have in mind? Or was that sarcasm?

        • JR

          That was sarcasm. I’m doing this to ridicule FG into silence. All I know is that current top rates including local taxes is above 50% in some locales and that is before real estate taxes and sales taxes. Income tax of 75% on the “rich” was a bridge too far even in socialist France. So I’m not sure what the right level is. All my attempts to pin FG into telling me what his ideal level is were always met with obfuscation.

          • M Snow

            Thanks for the clarification. I wasn’t quite sure what you were getting at.

          • FriendlyGoat

            I’ve done it—-like a mini (really mini) Donald Trump and the media, you know? There are other events and other ideas floating around in the world, but I have captured YOUR imagination in such a way that all you can talk about is me, me, me! No wonder Donald likes that psycho-game setup he engineered. It’s amusing. Even f1b and Snow are trying to warn you off—–but no—-I’ve got you under my spell. What a trip.

    • Andrew Allison

      Get a Cue [grin].

  • markterribile

    The NYC public transit system (I suspect among others) was stolen from its then mostly private operators after the city-run subsidized portion (the ‘Independent’ lines) underpriced the IRT and BMT and drove them into bankruptcy, stealing the property of the investors. I see a cycle beginning here.

  • LarryD

    The Democratic party has depended on the unions (public and private) for money and votes for a long time. After the “New Left” took over the Left in America, they stopped caring about the working class, but the political alliance with unions continued. Of course the working class noticed, hence the private unions can’t deliver their members votes like they used to. But the Democrats still can’t afford to drop their alliance with public-sector unions, so the mismanagement will continue. And the faction of Democrats who want efficient government has become vanishingly small.

    • Josephbleau

      If cities would just pay high salaries to union executives and make large cash payments to the democrat party unions could eliminate foolish rules and required membership and government work could be efficient and well run.

      • FriendlyGoat

        You have a point. Privatization works exactly that way. The executives are very highly paid, and large cash payments go to Republicans to eliminate rules—-whether they were “foolish” rules or not. Taxpayers and governmental entities are still on the hook, however, for any needed bailouts of the operators or any legal judgments arising from catastrophic events. As to how well-run privatized things are—–well, private prisons work because nobody gives a damn about inmates anyway. Passengers on public transportation of America’s capital city? You never know, they might be more vocal about what “well-run” means.

        • Tom

          You are aware that private entities are more vulnerable to lawsuits than the government, yes?
          I realize that contradicts your narrative, but you should be aware of it.

          • FriendlyGoat

            Not if they’re running the DC subway. DC will always own it no matter who runs it, and would always be a named defendant.

      • LarryD

        “Insufficient opportunities for graft.”

        Politicians prefer systems they run, so they can give out favors in exchange for money and votes. They don’t care about poor service, dirt, etc. The advantage of government monopolies is they get paid even if nobody uses them. And “civil servants” are, in practice, un-fireable.

        To quote the original Ghostbusters “I’ve been in the private sector. They expect results.”

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