It's not a matter of definition. For me the exemplar of government entrepeneurship is the snack bar at Island Beach State Park in New Jersey, lately in the news, which I patronized back in the seveties or eighties. It was a real snack bar, with government employees and management, so it seems clear its existence was not prohibited by definition. The problem is in the disconnection between the concerns of the management and employees and the functioning of the business, which is almost complete. My memory of it is a hundred or so patrons standing around placidly, if sullenly, while the snack bar attendants processed their snack orders with a preternatural slowness. I recall the scene vividly to this day, as one that should have been buzzing with activity, but was instead a virtual tableau, in which the patrons were indeed virtual prisoners, having paid money to enter the Island at one end, then drive several miles and park their cars, and thus make themselves captives for the day. Of course, I was one of those.
They situation will be no different when we have been coralled by other means and are standing around waiting for government arranged doctor appointments.
posted on 11/18/2012 10:55:28 PM PST
The situation will be no different when we have been coralled by other means and are standing around waiting for government arranged doctor appointments.
posted on 11/18/2012 11:04:49 PM PST
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