Category Archives: Cost/benefit

Cash Cow

Non-governmental U.S. enterprise has always looked upon the governmental sector as a cash cow, a source of income requiring no effort. In the beginning, the income/benefits were composed mainly of land and natural resources to exploit and take to market for a profit. More recently, as much of the continent has been allocated as private property and the federal treasury is the only source of currency, the entrepreneurs are after plain old cash. The view with envy any money that doesn’t flow into their hands.
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Reconsidering pairs.

About twenty five years ago, when I started writing about cost/benefit, the analysis of which was a favorite in the late eighties to promote enterprise that turned out not too well, there was little awareness that the problem with this pairing was that it involved a sort of non-sequitur. That is, the supposed relationship between cost and benefit is not valid because the costs are borne and the benefits flow to different entities. Since then, “socializing the cost” and “privatizing the benefits” has come to be a standard explanation for why many well-intentioned proposals have not, in fact, increased the well being of the people supposedly being served. Rather, it has resulted in a society where a few are extraordinarily wealthy and the vast majority are increasingly deprived of even the necessities of life. Having a good explanation obviously doesn’t correct a problem.
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Photo-shop the President

That’s my suggestion. Just issue a daily image of the dude photo-shopped into stock-footage of presidential endeavors and be done with it. That would be cheaper, much less disruptive and allow more time for TV and tweeting. Instead of photo ops, let’s let photo-shop do its magic!

Dominion

The lust for dominion over their fellow man seems to be greater than the lust for sex. Somehow, as a female who has had to deal with unwanted and unfriendly attention and insults and minor assaults, I don’t have a lot sympathy for males whining about being interfered with. In all cases, it is looking to the victim for an explanation/justification of domineering behavior which gives the perps a free pass. If man is created to be free, then efforts to dominate are wrong. By the way, dominion has the same root as domestic. Domesticated creatures are kept in a house, or domus. They are supposed to like it because the house keeps them safe. The question what outside the house makes them unsafe is not asked. In my lifetime women were told that if they didn’t want to get raped, they should stay home. The reality, of course, is that most women get killed in so-called “domestic” situations. There is an irony in a dominionists getting himself into a situation where he is going to be housebound and under surveillance 24 hours a day. Presumably it is preferable to winning the lottery in Shirley Jackson’s short story by that name.

Propagation and Propaganda

You know, I don’t think we have a group designation for people who manipulate people, instead of things, to make a living. “Leisure class” is not appropriate because leisure actually refers to doing things at one’s own direction and people who work with their hands certainly do that. That manipulators of people can claim to be engaged in productive work is an illusion. Is talk their only talent? No. they’ve also got propagation. Propagation and propaganda.
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Our photogenic ramp

Dear Friends of SLEAT:

Even Terry Dickson can’t resist taking another picture of our idyllic boat launch for the Georgia Times Union. Of course, he’s got to throw in a couple of quotes from lawyer Catts, who doesn’t seem to understand that the law is neither heaven-sent, nor self-enforcing. Who’s Catts going to call to enforce those no trespassing signs he’s threatening to put up on that quarter acre of dirt?
Glynn County paying good money for a triangle of fill on top of a bunch of stumps, probably on the advice of the County attorney, was a mistake. No reason to compound it by letting our road and the boat ramp be held hostage in another Cannon’s Point scam.

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Our historic boat ramp.

Disputed quarter acre off S. Harrington

Disputed quarter acre off S. Harrington

Sometimes it takes a while for things to register. Which is why our Glynn County Commission has a tendency to rush things through by voting in bulk on the “consent” agenda. Fortunately, when they’re proposing to give public property away, state law requires a public hearing, giving the public an opportunity to argue that their property needs to be retained.

Delay, unlike denial, is good. It gives thoughtful people an opportunity to collect their thoughts (and memories) and speak up, as Jingle Davis has done for today’s edition of the Brunswick News.
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Bogus Benefits

The citizens of Glynn County dodged a bullet, so to speak, when the County Commission rejected yet another request from Mr. Gentile (the third time was not a charm) that it surrender about 5000 feet of beach front, at the end of Myrtle Street on Saint Simons Island, so that Gentile’s various intrusions (building and deck) into the public right of way would become legal.
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