Czech President Vaclav Klaus Tells UN to Stay out of Economics

Here. Not only in the UN, but the rest of the lot of politicians and government bureaucrats.

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Privatizing Public Libraries

“There’s this American flag, apple pie thing about libraries,” said Frank A. Pezzanite, the outsourcing company’s chief executive. He has pledged to save $1 million a year in Santa Clarita, mainly by cutting overhead and replacing unionized employees. “Somehow they have been put in the category of a sacred organization.”

The company, known as L.S.S.I., runs 14 library systems operating 63 locations. Its basic pitch to cities is that it fixes broken libraries — more often than not by cleaning house.

It does seem strange, at first, to hear this happening to public libraries. Given the 21st century importance of information, I guess it was a matter of time before someone discovered this potential.

The outsourcing argument is a diversion; the job are not being shipped overseas.  The libraries still need employees.  It looks like the status quo is too expensive to maintain.

Here.

House NY-1: Bishop (D, incumbent) vs Altschuler (R, challenger)

Bishop, 60, a Southampton native, votes reliably Democratic in the House, including on major issues such as health care reform and the bailout of the financial and insurance industries. In the current Congress, he has voted with his party 97.3 percent of the time, according to The Washington Post – though Bishop called the percentage “meaningless” because so many votes are “routine.”

In other words, he’s a typical establishment Democrat.

Bishop says he backed the bailout at the height of the fiscal crisis because the legislation’s failure would have plunged the economy into a deeper chasm. He said his ad referred to new legislation to create procedures to prevent the need for new bailouts.

Maybe the bailouts made the economic situation worse by plunging the government deeper into debt and pushing future taxes higher.

Altschuler said the company did not outsource American jobs but supplied back-office services so firms in this country and elsewhere could free their workers from grunt work, so they could be more productive.

That’s typical of what outsourcing and computer automation, such as ATMs, do.

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