Why is the state in the business of funding a TV program? It’s all in the name of economic development, of course. Here’s how the show’s summary reads on the application to the state Economic Development Authority:
“The film is about eight roommates. There is no screenplay. The roommates live in a house and are asked to work in a local establishment on the New Jersey Coast. The cameras capture the interaction among the roommates and how the roommates interact at work and at play in Seaside Heights.”
I don’t watch TV anymore, but something tells me that the description is a bit tamer than what’s really going on. I’m just guessing, though.
It might sound as though I’m just objecting to taxpayers paying for a lousy show, but that’s not really the point. I don’t care whether it’s productions of Shakespeare or a world-class symphony instead. The point is that you should be free to spend your money on what you want to spend your money on — instead of having politicians take it from you by force and decide who to give it to.
Even if you still support the coercive state, you should be able to understand pragmatically that companies just play states (and cities and counties) against one another in order to get taxpayer cash for no real reason. It makes as little sense as if cities offered money to people as an incentive to move to a house in their cities — and competed to see who could offer more.
Even if you believe in coercive government, can’t you see that this isn’t the role of the “limited” government you claim to support? The only way for any state or city to really win is for everyone to quit playing this insane game — and let taxpayers decide what to do with their own money.