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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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41. Re: Op Ed Jan 6, 2013, 04:18 RollinThundr
 
Dades wrote on Jan 6, 2013, 01:47:
RollinThundr wrote on Jan 6, 2013, 00:38:
Oh boy. Yes, all our debt is due to corporations. Yep. mmm hmm sure.
It couldn't be from all those folks who game the welfare system and don't pay back into the very system they're robbing from.

Stop getting your politics from television. Welfare fraud is not a multi trillion dollar problem. It's barely even a billion dollar problem. Less than 2% of all annual payouts (2% of 131.8 billion in 2012) according to the US Department of Labor. Yes the corporations are doing infinitely more damage than your randomly grabbed excuse. Welfare fraud, PBS and NPR are nothing and not even worth mentioning in a serious discussion about a 15 trillion dollar deficit. You don't cut education when we're starting to fall behind in critical areas like mathematics and you don't cut meaningless shit like NPR. You stop fighting expensive wars for awhile and you bring tax revenues up to parity with the rest of the world to start.

There will always be waste in government just like there is in the corporate world, it is a product of human society. Much of the waste in government these days is due to corporations anyway, how many stories of overvalued third party contracts have we all heard? Corporations and government are so inherently married at this point that they might as well be one and the same. Of course everyone wants to cut unnecessary things but just cutting will not solve the problems that lead up to this, there is an inherent revenue deficiency due to a high standard of living and low tax rates.

- DADES - This is a signature of my name, enjoy!

I read cases about welfare fraud all the time, it's higher than 2% I've no doubt. Not only that but I've known people on welfare personally who shouldn't have qualified to get it.

As for PBS and NPR you have to start somewhere, why is government funding tv and radio stations anyway, with my tax dollars?

The Dept of Education is a joke, and an utter failure, we're falling behind in things like Math and Science because public schools are all about indoctrination at this point rather than actually teaching kids a god damn thing. I work for a local town in IT, I've spent a ton of time in and around the public school system, public schools at this point are essentially a festering pool of liberal agenda politics and not much else regardless if you're in a blue state or a red state.

I already mentioned streamlining and cuts when it comes to the military, but it's going to take far more than that to right the ship so to speak. Sure it sucks but we need to at least make some sort of effort, and I don't see much an effort at all from either party. I'm sorry but realistically some social programs would have to go, that's just the reality of it if we actually want to seriously dent the debt we're in.

I will say one thing however, the whole blame the rich, blame the corporations bullshit isn't helping anyone in this country because it's simply not accurate. I'm also tired of hearing about Clinton's magical surplus, we never had a surplus of anything, we were in debt during the Clinton years as well, having a budget doesn't equate a surplus.

Speaking of budgets btw, perhaps this will be the year Obama finally manages to get one passed. He's certainly failed miserably at that the last 4 years.
 
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