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May 14, 2009

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R.J.

Why is it the BEST golf courses in the state are private run?

jim guilfoil

Politicians are privateers when they turn their services into commodities for sale,i.e.votes for contributions. Politicians are socialists when their service cannot be commodified into votes for sale. The public is not a commodity until it is turned into what can be advertised and PRed into a 'need'...noone needs to be told that food, shelter,clothing etc is a need, although we have been convinced that these are 'consumer' goods,i.e.commodities.
Why have we been willing to accept the lie that a public good is best offered as a commodity? That water is best served in a bottle? That food is best when branded? That clothing is better in 'style'?
Socialism seems to want to maintain the public character of those goods needed...not wants advertised as needs. Who pays for advertising?

nonheroicvet

Nice image - Gung ho capitalists playing a minicipal course whining about socialism.

dp

Many think that University Ridge is one of the best courses in the State. I for one don't think that we should have any publicly owned golf courses. It costs many times more to maintain and run a golf course than to run a park. Overall I think that Paul is on to something. Conservatives complain about the schools but won't send their kids to private school, because it costs money. Sometimes to prove a point you have to spend money.

John Foust

Right now, the City of Jefferson (pop. 7,500) is paying to mow the lawn of a privately owned golf course that's gone bust, on the premise that this will preserve the value of the property so some other private entity can run it, as well as preserving the value of homes along the golf course, where the mayor lives.

At the other end of the city, the County-owned-and-run Countryside nursing home, completely newly built in 2003, is about to go on the auction block. The 150-year-old county nursing home buildings and property across the road is for sale, too. The broker? The mayor.

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Paul

the best golf courses, like many of the best cars are most expensive. Not everyone needs the most expensive car.

nonheroicvet

Full disclosure: All I need to play a round of golf is for the cows to get out of the way.

RalphL

I guess I consider it Socialism only when I do not have a CHOICE to participate in the plan\scheme.

Public Water systems - pretty much funded by those who choose to live there (or business expenses passed to customers...etc.),

Public Golf courses..again typically municipality operated and funded...I can move away.

Public Highway systems - funded through excise taxation this would be a public good properly implemented by government...funded through non-Excise taxation it tends toward socialism as the expense cannot be avoided. (And Obama's characterization of Auto Insurance corellating to Health Insurance is laughable...I _can_ operate without a car and thus avoid auto insurance...not so much with the proposed Health Scam.)

Public School - (full disclosure: I homeschool ALL of my kids) again properly funded this would be a fantastic public good..but placing people at potential loss of their homes in retirement (financial hardship, etc..) is WRONG and presents what is wrong with the socialist (forced) aspect of such systems.

Public Healthcare - again, properly funded and operated..wait, no - you can't pull this one off without forcing people to do that which is not in their best interest. This has even less 'public good' behind it than Public Schooling...at least there we have the potential for lower crime, etc... Healthcare is pretty much a 'selfish individual' thing. Emotionally is "feels good" to say we're helping the "poor kids"...but our other social systems have created the very problems we are purporting to solve here. Logically this is a "horrid" concept leading to too many 'worse' possibilities than leaving the system alone.

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