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11.30.2004

Proof from a Blue State - Private Enterprise works

After spending yet more time in the heart of Blue country, Manhattan, I continue to be surprised by the blindness of many to truths that permeate everyday existence. For example, many of the greatest things about New York City, the things that people really love about the city, are products of private enterprise. To illustrate my point here is a (short) list: The Statue of Liberty (the base was paid for entirely by private contributions), Rockefeller Center, the renewal of Times Square (w/ help in law enforcement from Mayor Giuliani), the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the New York Yankees, the TKTS booth run by the Theatre Development Fund, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim, Lincoln Center, the list goes on and on. With the exception of a very good subway system, most of the things I love about New York are products of private enterprise, private donations, or cooperation between enterprises.

The other thing that strikes me is that many don't recognize that cooperation amongst private enterprises contribute to a better city. One of the best examples of this is the "neighborhood alliances" that have been formed in many parts of Manhattan to provide services to the common areas shared by businesses. Times Square, Washington Square, Herald Square, etc. all have alliances when provide beautification and other services to the common areas.

My point is not that all government is bad, but the bigger the government the worse it is. Private enterprise will fill the void, so I guess what we really need in more holes in government services.

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