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Reason.com - 38 Studios: Curt Schilling's Crony Capitalism Debacle.
Former Gov. Carcieri hoped 38 Studios would be the cornerstone of a new video game tech hub in Rhode Island. Instead, the fallout from the collapse and squandered taxpayer dollars will make the state unlikely to cut any more of what WPRI's Ted Nesi describes as "special, one-off deals with individual companies...picked by a certain group of people in state government."

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32. Re: Op Ed Jan 5, 2013, 20:29 Draugr
 
RollinThundr wrote on Jan 5, 2013, 18:54:
Beamer wrote on Jan 5, 2013, 18:02:
It's stupid because you said "never."

The government can certainly dispose of the waste from my house better than anything else.
Same with highways.

Libertarian absolutes are almost always incorrect, because they're absolutes.

That's what the government is best at and really what they're there for, basic infrastructure. It shouldn't be on the government to provide a life for you. You can do that on your own.

Which is why when they implemented medicare back in the 1965 everyone was enraged because the great job the private sector was doing was obviously going unnoticed.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Percapita_costs.png

Here we have a chart that shows us that with medicare, the government has done a better job at controlling costs than private insurers (or by people themselves, as you'd put it.)

I'm not trying to argue medicare here -- I bring up the first point, because the private sector was unwilling to accommodate people, that's why the government stepped in to begin with - If people even had the option it 'by themselves' they would have. Next, I bring up the chart, because you insist the government sucks at everything (which you later revised to 'sucks at everything but infrastructure') When there are plenty of examples of around us that demonstrate empirically that this is not so. I don't think anyone would argue against the fact that governments CAN be inefficient or wasteful, in a myriad of ways, but to pretend it is part of the definition of government is silly. If that were the case then it would apply to infrastructure too.
 
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