So, Chillax, it's your contention that Georgia Power should know what is plugged into each of its customer's outlets, and, based on that, decide when to turn off the power for unpaid bills? What could go wrong...?
Is Cobb County planning to build the bus its own road? Short of that, how the hell can a bus line cost $1.1 BILLION dollars.
Roger, I'm afraid your first mistake was to attempt a reasoned argument on a CL blog. And to add insult to injury, since your point has a tinge of reducing government waste, you must be an evil conservative. You may even be related to a banker - the horror!
I agree with your sentiment. However, I think the problem has actually solved itself, in a way not usually seen in government agencies. As noted many times above, fire fighters now do far more than fight fires. Which is to say, they have diversified their "products" as demand for their original product has declined. 30 years ago, there was more demand for fires, but less demand for, as example, car extraction (if you were in a roll-over wreck 30 years ago, you were dead, end of story). Today, you have a high likelihood of surviving a car crash, but you will require extraction. And amazingly, instead of creating a new government agency to deal with car extractions, we have cross-trained our fire fighters who find themselves with less fire-fighting demand.
So to me, this seems like exactly the sort of model we should want other agencies to emulate.
I do agree that it's not efficient to have a giant fire engine roll out to every CPR call; however, having the men be with the truck during that call, in case of a bigger call at the same time seems to outweigh that inefficiency.
Your point about "what is the model to determine the proper number" is well taken. But with government employees - you know there can never ever be an actual reduction. We can hypothesize about it all we want, but you know it's not going to happen. Firefighters seem to be the rare case of a government agency that has actually sought out opportunities to create additional value rather than rest on their laurels.
Are you people really claiming that Chavez was an OK guy? That he was "good" for the poor? Simple facts: There are more poor people in Venezuela now than there were before he took over. And they are poorer. And oil production is a fraction of what it used to be (i.e. they have less capacity to generate wealth). Yeah, he was great for the poor.
Pfeifer - the problem is that it's not lucrative. It's the world's busiest airport, yet it looses money. The losses are due to horrific mismanagement. Management and contracting at ATL is nothing but a political patronage system for the city's administration. (But I will say that Reed is far, far better than the previous crooks.)
You people realize that the "Georgia Solar Energy Association" is a lobbying organization for the solar panel producers, and is no less evil than Southern Company's lobbyists, right?
Secondly, those panel lessors that operate in other states are subsidized by those states. Georgia's "backwards corrupt stupid" politicians aren't turning down solar propositions just because they like Southern Company largess (though that certainly plays a role). They are choosing to not spend tax payer money on a ridiculously inefficient technology that wouldn't possibly exist without subsidies and mandates.
Steve Osborne: You're either lying, don't understand the concept of "effective tax rate," or you make a ton, ton of money. You claim you pay 34%. To pay the MARGINAL rate of 34% in 2011, you'd have to make over 171,000 dollars. And that's the MARGINAL rate, meaning only dollars above that are actually taxed at that rate. So please - back up your claim that you pay "Romny's plus Obama's rate."
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