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SSidlov
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Re: hmm

said by jslik:

Do you want government run more like a business or not?
Hmmm. Do I want to be screwed more soundly by government...... You know anything that they collect from businesses is just passed on to the consumer (you and me) and since they would have greater independent income streams from franchises, and whatever tax (call it what you will) they impose on business, you won't have as much control over budget and spending via the voting process since they can setup each fee, etc for a specific purpose (e.g lottery ticket sales).

So is a good government one that imposes no direct tax on it's citizens but taxes businesses only which then add the additional fees, etc plus 10% (in the old time & materials plus 10% model which today is at least 18% and more likely more) onto the consumer?
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jslik
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Your example assumes the savings from reduced/eliminated government fees/charges in a cable franchise would be passed along. Recent history would show that not to be the case in many statewide franchising examples or the elimination of franchise fees for cable modem service.

Cable companies take into effect all charges when setting their price points - so elimination of a particular cost wouldn't necessary mean that the price point drops.
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SSidlov
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said by jslik:

Your example assumes the savings from reduced/eliminated government fees/charges in a cable franchise would be passed along. .
Sorry, I didn't assume any such thing. When businesses have to pay fees, etc., they include it in the pricing. A goverment that 'runs like a business' gets the max fees possible. So that here in NJ the State isn't charging $7K for a lease running 20 years for powerlines through a park, there' charging 10X that for 5 years with increases. They are now as preditary as the business, and 'looking out for us' and our interests. The power company just goes before the board of utilities and says, 'look at all this money we pay in land leases, we can't make enough a of profit, can we raise our rates, please?" and the board says yes. We the consumer who was 'protected' get higher utility rates, while the government says that they now have money to regulate utilities without using tax payer dollars.

Both business and government are corrupt from the viewpoint of the citizen. Now if this should lead to some other formulation for society's structure is a totally different question and a lot of that depends on your humanist view.
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