The ruling class is at it again. Gov. Bev Perdue is excited that New Line Cinema will accept the state’s bribe (courtesy of state taxpayers) and film a movie in Wilmington.
A movie set to begin production this month in North Carolina means jobs and millions of dollars for the state’s economy, Gov. Beverly Perdue said Monday.
New Line Cinema will spend five months in Wilmington filming “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island,” which stars Michael Caine and Dwayne Johnson, formerly known as “The Rock.”
“A major motion picture means more than the excitement of celebrities and special effects,” Perdue said in a news release. “It means jobs – hundreds of them. This production will also bring millions of dollars in spending into our economy and millions of dollars in earned tourism promotion, when North Carolina is showcased on the big screen.”
In case you are wondering, New Line Cinemais a division of Warner Brothers – a multi-media global giant making about a cajillion dollars a year. Don’t you feel better that they are getting a tax break?
The Governor has clearly defined herself as a corporatist – intent on using her power to dole out special treatment to major corporations to get herself in the headlines (and in turn raise campaign cash from those corporations and industries she helps out). As the political elite exercise more control over the state’s resources, they consolidate more power to themselves at the expense of citizens.
Is that the economic platform Perdue wants to run on – a command economy controlled by the whims of the ruling elite in cahoots with her politically-connected cronies?
Similarly, Perdue’s office recently crowed about data showing “North Carolina is the 3rd best state for declining unemployment and 4th in the nation for job creation” over the past year. But as I pointed out previously, 77% of those new jobs “created” were government jobs.
Bragging about corporatist policies that dispense favors to politically-connected corporations and an increase in government workers shows Perdue’s true colors: she is interested only in the consolidation of power into the hands of the ruling class and their political cronies.