California Blues
Blue Politics Driving Hollywood out of the Golden State
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  • Anthony

    As any fundamental reading of economics will tell you: private rewards and social returns often differ. Now, I don’t know if blue politics are to blame but pursuit of the wrong goals can induce misalignment.

    • Rol_Texas

      I think there must be an issue with Disqus for you. This sometimes happens to me, but not lately. Not sure what it is.

      • Anthony

        Thanks and you’re probably correct.

  • Bruce

    California would do Hollywood and the state a huge favor if they just had policies that were friendly to all businesses. Here we are tinkering with the movie industry – and that’s supposed to solve a problem?

    • Andrew Allison

      Bruce, I fear that you misapprehend the situation. “Hollywood” has been a fervent supporter of “progressivism” and while reaping the reward, namely the exodus of production, continues its unwavering support. The new, obviously Union-purchased, legislation will do nothing to change this!

      • Bruce

        Andrew – I understand the situation. Hollywood wants more cronyism. In exchange, it will support progressivism. I am saying that all businesses should be incented equally and no business should get special incentives. I understand that is fantasy in the United Socialist States of Crony Capitalism.

        • Andrew Allison

          And I’m saying that it couldn’t be happening to a more deserving industry ;<)}

  • Anthony

    As any fundamental reading of economics will tell you: private rewards and social returns often differ. Now, I don’t know if blue politics are to blame but pursuit of the wrong goals can induce misalignment.

  • Anthony

    If post comes up twice my apologies. TAI or Disqus failed to register initial comment.

  • Anthony

    Some petty grievance/resentment/bias/editing to preclude…. (only in America are small minds given such…)

    • Anthony

      For third time, I am going to post my thought concerning Feed’s subject and trust it is not surreptitiously removed without cause: “As any fundamental reading of economics will reveal private rewards and social returns often differ. Weather blue politics are to blame for referenced industry or the pursuit of the wrong goals, a misalignment has certainly been educed.”

      • Andrew Allison

        I hate to ask this of you, but while the content of comments makes it pretty clear, some means of separating the worth reading from the incomprehensible would be appreciated.

    • Andrew Allison

      Huh?

  • Andrew Allison

    Hollywood is not, by any stretch of the imagination, “the world capital of movie production”. The limousine liberals of Hollywood are unwilling to put up with the economic environment which they have done so much to create and, like many other businesses, have moved production out of State.

    • Corlyss

      Um, ah, just where would be the capital of movie making if not in Hollywood?

  • Corlyss

    From Batchelor’s site:

    Thursday 13 March 2014 / Hour 1, Block A: Devin Nunes, CA-22, & KMJ radio in Fresno in the San Joaquin Valley, in re: California Ninth Circuit: Aqueducts and big dams; Endangered Species Act: the Delta smelt is said to be threatened (not endangered, and the smelt are food for the salmon. Once in a while a pump catches a smelt. Today, a biological opinion given so bad that it was thrown out by a lower Federal Court; today was reinstated by the Ninth Circuit – during the driest year in a century in California. Lose tens of thousands of jobs; food will come from elsewhere. Bankruptcies. We get rainfall from November to March; built an infrastructure to hold water up to five years if and only if you move the water around (i.e., use the pumps). Situation is now so dire that not only the farms are out of water, but so are whole cities. Pres Obama visited here a month ago in the dry fields – blamed the lack of water on global warming and climate change. “We’ll have to get used to it. The feds will pay for dead cows.” For he first time in seven years, the Senators did introduce a bill: mostly welfare, no water., http://johnbatchelorshow.com/schedule/2014/03/13
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    California has stopped being a running joke and become a national crisis in it’s incredibly bad, costly, and destructive public policy choices.

    • Herb Suhl

      Almonds were making a ton of money for the grower. Now if you do not have well water, your trees very well could die in August.

  • michaelj68

    Hollywood comes out against tax cuts for everyone but themselves. One benefit of these production subsidy wars is it exposed the hypocrisy of Hollywood and their Democratic allies. When it comes to their industry they are 100% behind Supply Side Economics.

  • free_agent

    Is movie making being driven out of California by tax boondoggles elsewhere, by state-imposed costs, or by unionization and other ordinary business expenses?

    As for the political divide, it seems straightforward: Hollywood and the design end of high tech aren’t much hampered by high energy costs and their well-paid workers like a high-amenity living space. They’re naturally going to favor policies that are death for any industry that has to be competitive on price.

  • AllanDale

    What’s old is new! In the years following the Second World War, the French-German invention of the Arriflex hand-held 35mm motion-picture camera (aided by high-speed Eastman color films) immediately obsoleted all of Hollywood’s amassed physical capital and opened theatrical film production to anyone with a script and the means to produce it. Additionally, favorable tax treatment and financial incentives in the UK effectively created a Hollywood away from Hollywood and American producers flocked to the British Isles to produce the Bond and Inspector Clouseau films, to say nothing of “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Doctor Zhivago.” What’s left of the former studios are in effect boutique investment banks that are hardly tied to any location except a good idea.

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