Privatization is the Symptom, Not the Cure

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Tom Tresser is a Chicago-based educator and activist who is dedicated to championing creativity, fighting privatization and defending the commons. http://www.tresser.com. Hey, SlideShare users - over 2,00 views in one year?! Send me some love, a comment, some acknowledgement that you are using this material - tom@civiclab.us - thanks!

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  • The amount of federal subsidies these states received OVER the amounts they PAID in taxes.
  • This map shows the amount of federal taxes states paid OVER the amount that received from the federal government.
  • Privatization is the Symptom, Not the Cure

    1. 1. Connecting The Dots - Privatization is the Symptom, Not the Cure November 12, 2011
    2. 2. Tom’s background… EDUCATOR “The Artist As Activist” – DePaul Art Department, etc. ACTOR INTERNET MARKETER COMMUNITY DEVELOPER PRODUCER EXEC ED DESIGNER/ FACILITATOR
    3. 3. Recent Civic Projects
    4. 4. Tom’s Teaching Work Loyola University Graduate School of Social Work “ Nonproft management” Stuart School of Business, IIT “ Strategies & Tools for the Social Change Agent” Stuart School of Business, IIT “ Got Creativity? Strategies & Tools for the Next Economy” The Polymath Foundation “ Introduction to the Creative Economy” Illinois Institute of Technology “ Tools & Techniques for Creative Leaders” DePaul School for New Learning “ Acting Up – Using Theater & Technology for Social Change” DePaul Political Science Department “ The Politics of Creativity” DePaul Peace & Social Justice Program “ Nonprofits & Social Change” The School of the Art Institute of Chicago “ The Art of Crossing the Street – the Artist as Citizen” DePaul School for New Learning. Illinois Institute of Technology “ Who’s Lying To You Now?” (media literacy & critical thinking) Loyola Theater Department DePaul Art Department “ The Artist as Activist”
    5. 5. And that does NOT count $1 billion tab from Olympic village!
    6. 6. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-558211/London-2012-cost-20billion--TEN-times-original-budget-ex-Olympics-chief-predicts.html ORIGINAL BUDGET IN BID WAS 2.4 BILLION POUNDS!
    7. 9. “ You’re next! You’re next!”
    8. 14. 5% or 40%?
    9. 16. Richard Norment, Executive Director, The National Council for Public-Private Partnerships
    10. 17. Richard Norment, Executive Director, The National Council for Public-Private Partnerships “ You’re next!” “ You’re next!”
    11. 18. The Frame for Privatization He who frames the argument wins the argument…
    12. 19. The Frame for Privatization <ul><li>We are broke. </li></ul><ul><li>Government is stupid. Private sector is genius. </li></ul>
    13. 21. The Frame for Privatization Therefore… If you (Ms. Citizen) want anything new or improved from government, we need to turn to the private sector.
    14. 23. “ The average private government contractor with a security clearance earns about $20,000 more each year than a government employee with the same clearance.”
    15. 24. News Flash! We are not broke!
    16. 26. Dr. Andy Coates Division 231 Public Employees Federation, AFL-CIO Artwork and slide design by PEF Graphic Artist Mario Bruni
    17. 27. New York State faces a budget deficit of $10 billion in 2011 ~ 1/13th of a total $132 billion operating budget
    18. 28. Public employees are blamed (for a crisis we did not create) Threatened with 9,800 layoffs WHAT’S HAPPENING? WHAT’S HAPPENING? WHAT’S HAPPENING?
    19. 29. A major assault upon public education, public health and public safety
    20. 30. An offensive against public workers, led by the nation’s Governors and lawmakers, state by state
    21. 32. ANTI-UNION LEGISLATION INTRODUCED IN OVER 20 STATES RIGHT-TO-WORK LAWS INTRODUCED IN 14 STATES WISCONSIN AND OHIO HAVE PASSED SWEEPING ANTI-UNION LAWS TEACHERS’ UNIONS TARGETED… States with bills to limit or eliminate collective bargaining for teachers, or otherwise target teachers' unions include Wisconsin, Ohio, Tennessee, Indiana, Nebraska, Texas, New Hampshire, Michigan, Idaho, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Alabama, Florida, Minnesota, Missouri, Utah, Arizona, and others
    22. 33. Public employee union members 7.6 million. Private sector union members 7.1 million. Source: “ (Government) workers of the world unite! Public-sector unions have had a good few decades. Has their luck run out?” The Economist , 1/6/11 www.economist.com/node/17849199
    23. 34. A major assault upon organized labor, an offensive against all of the unions
    24. 35. We need to take our own pulse! Remember the adage: “the best defense is a good offense.” We should ask: Who are they defending?
    25. 36. BILLIONAIRES! THE ASSAULT ON THE UNIONS IS REALLY A DEFENSE OF THE BANKERS AND BILLIONAIRES
    26. 37. In the universe there are 1,210 billionaires
    27. 38. 412 Billionaires in the USA!
    28. 39. How many Billionaires in New York? 68!
    29. 40. How many Billionaires in Illinois? 20 Billionaires 101,000 Millionaires http://financialedge.investopedia.com http://www.freeby50.com/2009/06/number-of-millionaires-by-state.html
    30. 41. New York IS NOT BROKE! 68 Billionaires in New York
    31. 42. The wealthiest New Yorker is no longer Mayor Bloomberg… (he’s now the 2nd wealthiest)… X
    32. 43. Today the richest New Yorker is David Koch, worth about $22 Billion!
    33. 45. During the heyday of America’s middle class (1950-1980) the top 1% had about 10% of total income. They now take 25%!
    34. 46. Top 1% Income Share 1914 to 2006 ^ ^ Eisenhower Reagan Growing income inequality James Parrott, Ph.D., Fiscal Policy Institute, “ Grow Together or Pull Farther Apart? Income Concentration Trends in New York,” http://www.fiscalpolicy.org/FPI_GrowTogetherOrPullFurtherApart_20101213.pdf
    35. 47. We have the most unequal income concentration of any state in the nation . New York’s wealthiest 1% get more than 35% of all income in New York State.
    36. 48. Income shares and household incomes in New York 1980 compared with 2007 (2007 dollars) Shares of Total Income (AGI) % change 1980 -Top 5% - 22% 2007 - Top 5% - 49% 1980 - Bottom 95% - 78% 2007 - Bottom 95% - 51% James Parrott, Ph.D., Fiscal Policy Institute, “ Grow Together or Pull Farther Apart? Income Concentration Trends in New York,” http://www.fiscalpolicy.org/FPI_GrowTogetherOrPullFurtherApart_20101213.pdf
    37. 49. Since 1990, the top 5% have GAINED. THE bottom 95% have LOST.
    38. 50. Income shares and household incomes in New York 1980 compared with 2007 (2007 dollars) Average Income (AGI) % change 1980 -Top 1% $446,507 2007 - Top 1% $2,730,973 +511.6% 1980 - Bottom 50% $16,074 2007 - Bottom 50% $14,045 -12.6% James Parrott, Ph.D., Fiscal Policy Institute, “ Grow Together or Pull Farther Apart? Income Concentration Trends in New York,” http://www.fiscalpolicy.org/FPI_GrowTogetherOrPullFurtherApart_20101213.pdf
    39. 51. Top 0.01% Income Share 1913 to 2008 “ Striking it Richer:The Evolution of Top Incomes in the United States”Emmanuel Saez, July 17, 2010 http://www.econ.berkeley.edu/~saez/saez-UStopincomes-2008   The eve of the Depression
    40. 52. 0.01% of households That’s 1/10,000th! take more than 5% of total income This is UNSUSTAINABLE
    41. 53. Reinstituting the 1972 income tax structure would yield $8 billion more in income tax revenue for New York, while reducing income taxes for 95% of us! http://www.fiscalpolicy.org/taxhistory2.htm
    42. 54. Action Item Stop giving away our stuff!
    43. 57. Illinois net loss of $253 billion from 1991 – 2001
    44. 59. ILLINOIS NET FEDERAL TAX LOSS $ 4 BILLION/ YEAR.
    45. 60. Action Item Stop wars now. Demilitarize USA.
    46. 61. To Sum Up <ul><li>We are NOT broke </li></ul><ul><li>Tax wealth, not work </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t give away our stuff </li></ul><ul><li>Stop the wars </li></ul><ul><li>Start the peace and BRING OUR MONEY HOME </li></ul><ul><li>Let’s get busy! </li></ul>
    47. 62. [email_address] @tomstee 312-804-3230 www.tresser.com Let’s make our money work for US! www.illinoispublicbanking.org

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