August, 2010 archive
Chris Satullo explains. A nugget:
Saying you want to run government more like a business is like saying you want to run your toaster oven more like a vacuum cleaner. The two appliances have a few similarities – they have electric cords- but they operate differently, to different ends.
Business exists to make a profit, for the benefit of a limited group of owners. It serves customers only so far as doing that furthers its primary goal.
Government’s goal is to break even, while promoting the public good . And in government, your shareholders – the voters – are the same people as your customers. That makes it a lot harder to please the boss by cutting costs.
Is “fewer governments” the same as “less government”:
City leaders have been using the “D” word (disincorporation–ed.) for a few weeks now as they try to persuade voters to pass Measure K, a one-cent sales tax increase that would help the city balance its budget with an extra infusion of $1.4 million per year for the next seven years.
Dissolving Half Moon Bay — handing the city’s budget, operations and services to San Mateo County — would be an absolute last resort, but the city may not have many other options left, City Councilman John Muller said.
Nevertheless, I suspect Half Moon Bay needs more in the way services than do the mountain ranges that make up most of San Mateo County.
This is another result of taxpayers wanting to want without wanting to pay.
The days when you could go over the next ridge, build a cabin, and hitch up Old Dobbin to the plough, and be self-sufficient are long gone.
Children must be taught from a young age that politeness grows from the barrel of a gun.
It is the craziest of stories. The girl’s Molholm Elementary School pre-kindergarten teacher was gathering up the kids’ belongings Wednesday when she got to the backpack.
It was heavy. She looked inside. The cops were called.
Closer to home:
I am shocked–shocked!–that stuff like this happens these days:
The Nettleton (Mississippi) Middle School elections are divided between offices pegged for black and white students, according to the memo, which was provided to TSG by a parent. The document was handed out to every student in the school’s sixth, seventh, and eighth grades, and it details the race requirements for each of four class officer spots (president, vice president, secretary-treasurer, and reporter).
Updates indicate that the policy is being changed.
No doubt they were bombed.
A PennDot archaeological team arrived at a dig under I-95 this morning to find two men drinking beer and sitting on a 20-foot-long torpedo they apparently had found hours earlier in the Delaware River.
The archaeologists called police and the Bomb Squad evacuated the immediate area at Richmond and Cumberland Streets, near I-95.
It is nothing new to charge crusaders for human rights with being socialists (emphasis added):
At the turn of the 20th century, many Americans believed the vote would make women more worldly, less feminine, and less able to play their primary roles: wife and mother. In fact, the National Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage called the suffragists “radicals bent on destroying American values and replacing them with socialism.”
Better still, let’s just all walk around naked.
From the ACLU:
Andy Greenberg at Forbes.com reported yesterday (Tuesday–ed.) that company representatives told him that backscatter X-rays mounted in vans that can be driven around the public streets have been sold to, and deployed by, domestic U.S. law enforcement agencies.
Backscatter X-rays are one of the technologies that are used in full body scanners at airports (over our strenuous objections). They can see through clothing and reveal the naked human form.
We don’t know exactly how government purchasers of these vans are using them, but if they are in fact being used on public streets, that would be a major violation of the Constitution. In fact, it’s hard to believe that any counsel at any government agency would sign off on allowing these vans to be used in that way.
Bob Cesca comments.
That’s still more than one in five local mortgage borrowers – 21 percent – who are “underwater” on the loans, according to CoreLogic, which is based in Santa Ana, Calif., and tracks mortgages across the country.
Although the number of underwater homes has fallen by about 2,000 since the end of 2009, the firm attributed the decline to lenders foreclosing on previously underwater properties rather than home values stabilizing or going up.
There. Problem solved.