1. I kind of like this op-ed by Paul Krugman. You see, when I left Georgia over three years ago in our move back to California, we were asked why we would want to go back to LaLa Land and all the problems of a bankrupt state., high cost of living, and high taxes. A review of the vital signs as of today (home value, health of government, quality of political leadership, etc, etc) makes us feel better. I even get to take courses as an auditor at a real local college. Life is good:
2. From the Albany News Bureau, comes this article about something that many city political leaders always try and get taxpayers to fund; sport stadiums. Some cities even go as far as slashing city pensions and services to get this stuff. You want to know why Los Angeles does not have an NFL team....? It is because there are enough people around who can smell the pending sleaze every time this comes up. The city of Los Angeles almost gave away the Coliseum to USC for football. Why do taxpayers need to fund something that so few people will enjoy, and endure home equity loans for tickets? NIMBY. Let private enterprise fund the facilities:
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