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The same week Keyser came out with his statement, Gov. Jerry Brown of California signed a law that gave $100 million in annual tax breaks to film and television producers who keep jobs in California. As I detailed in my latest book, Primetime Propaganda, Hollywood has long had an extensive relationship with the government. Bill Clinton instituted a research and development credit worth $1.7 billion to Hollywood. Former Ohio Democratic Governor Ted Strickland offered a $10 million tax incentive for Hollywood moviemakers to do their work in Ohio; in 2004, Maryland and Pennsylvania offered tax breaks to Hollywood to woo them; during 2009, Texas considered tax rebates of up to $60 million to Hollywood; in Michigan, those tax breaks constituted $48 million as of 2008; the city of Los Angeles has attempted, in true Obama fashion, to create a “film czar” dedicated to getting breaks for Hollywood; the Democratic Congress passed a $470 million tax break for Hollywood in the October 2008 spending bill; President Obama’s first stimulus package had a $246 million tax break for Hollywood in the first draft, before Republicans carved it out.
Hilariously enough, the Left seems unruffled by the inordinate wealth of certain types or rich people: actors, athletes, musicians. That’s because those folks are assumed to have made their cash on luck, sort of like lottery winners. The Left simply hates those who made their money in business while employing people, because it gives the lie to liberal ideology in two distinct ways: first, it suggests that wealth is a matter of skill rather than luck and does not require government intervention; and second, it suggests that the private sector rather than government creates jobs. Don’t look for the OWS folks to hustle Kanye and Roseanne to the guillotine anytime soon.
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