Posts Tagged ‘competitiveness’

Brace Yourselves: Presidential Candidate Michele Bachmann is Speaking at the Commonwealth Club October 20th

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Michele Bachman is coming, Michele Bachman is coming to our Commonwealth Club!

Get your tickets now if you want to go – this will be another sellout crowd at the nation’s oldest and largest public affairs forum.

SPEAKER: Michele Bachmann, U.S. Republican presidential candidate and Minnesota Congresswoman
TITLE: The Revival of American Competitiveness
DATE: Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011
TIME: 11 a.m. Check-in, 12 noon program
PLACE: SF Club Office, 595 Market St. 2nd Floor
PRICE: $25 standard, $15 members, $10 students (with valid ID). Premium (priority seating in first few rows) $45 standard, $30 members To buy tickets call 415/597-6705 or register at www.commonwealthclub.org

All the deets:

“Republican presidential candidate and Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann will present her views on pro-business economic policies that will allow private sector businesses to compete in the global market while addressing the need for job-skill retraining, innovation, comprehensive tax reform and reduction of regulations that threaten jobs. She will also share her thoughts on how to revive America’s competitive edge and restore the United States to the top of global competitiveness. Bachmann says she is running for president “to bring a new voice to the White House -­ a voice of constitutional conservatism, limited government, and a safe and secure America.”

In July 2010, Bachmann – an unwavering champion of Tea Party values including the call for lower taxes, renewed focus on the Constitution and the need to shrink the size of government – founded the Tea Party Caucus in the United States Congress. In 2006, Bachmann became the first Republican woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Minnesota. She says government has grown exponentially, with Obamacare being the most recent example of its uninhibited growth. She says government should make the kind of serious spending decisions that she says many families and small businesses have been forced to make. She champions free markets and believes in the vitality of the family as the first unit of government. She is also a defender of the unborn and stands for religious liberties.
Bachmann currently sits on the Financial Services Committee (FSC) and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Serving on the Intelligence Committee, she has consistently advocated peace through strength to ensure America’s national security.

Prior to serving in the U.S. Congress, Bachmann was elected to the Minnesota State Senate in 2000 where she championed the Taxpayers Bill of Rights. Before that, she spent five years as a federal tax litigation attorney, working on both civil and criminal cases. She also led the charge on education issues in Minnesota where she recognized the need for quality schools and subsequently started a charter school for at-­‐risk kids there.

Bachmann received her J.D. at the O.W. Coburn School of Law at Oral Roberts University and an L.L.M. in Tax Law at the College of William and Mary. She received her B.A. from Winona State University. She and her husband Marcus, to whom she has been married over thirty years, live with their five children in Stillwater, Minn. They own a small business mental health care practice that employs nearly 50 people. In addition, the Bachmann family has opened their home to 23 foster children, which has inspired Bachmann to become one of Congress’ leading advocates for foster and adopted children, earning her bipartisan praise for her efforts.”

WWW.SmokeFreeMovies.UCSF.EDU What? Apparently, UCSF Doesn’t Want CA to Subsidize Films that Depict Smoking

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Did you know that the state of California subsidizes movie production Down Hollywood Way to the tune of $100,000,000 a year? Well, some people want the Sacramento to cut off this source of movie funding for films that depict smoking, that’s the news of the day.

Did The Social Network glamorize smoking as far as you remember? I don’t recall, but it will win a few Oscars on Sunday so it’s as good a target as any, I s’pose. Here’s the closest I could find to a still that has somebody smoking:

(Hey, why does California subsidize film production in the first place? Shouldn’t Jerry Brown or somebody cut off this kind of corporate welfare tout de suite?)

All the deets, here and after the jump:

California Health Experts Fault State’s $100 Million Movie Subsidy, Ask for Reform - L.A. County’s health chief and the chair of California’s expert committee on tobacco control want future film projects with smoking made ineligible for millions in California tax credits

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 23, 2011 — Should California taxpayers invest millions of dollars to prevent youth smoking, then hand millions to studios whose films promote youth smoking?

That’s the contradiction spotlighted in separate letters to the California Film Commission released today from Jonathan Fielding, MD, director of L.A. County’s Department of Public Health, and Michael Ong, MD, chair of the Tobacco Education and Research Oversight Committee, which is mandated by the legislature to guide state tobacco prevention efforts.

Dr. Fielding’s letter, dated January 14, notes that two recent Sony blockbusters, The Social Network and Burlesque, both rated PG-13 and featuring tobacco imagery, qualified for more than $12 million in California tax credits through a $100 million a year program that began its payouts on January 1, 2011. (The two films have grossed $135 million so far.) “Any benefit that tobacco-related subsidies for films might have for California’s interstate competitiveness must be balanced against proven, catastrophic ‘collateral damage’ to young audiences and long-term health costs to the state,” the letter says.

Dr. Ong’s letter, dated February 18, reports that “approximately 44 percent of adolescent smoking initiation can be attributed to exposure to onscreen smoking” and 100,000 high school students in California are currently smokers as a result of this exposure. “It is unconscionable that one state program threatens to undermine our state’s public health achievements and goals, our investment in tobacco prevention, and our savings in health care costs, particularly in a time of declining state revenues,” the letter says.

Both letters urge that future film projects with smoking be made ineligible for taxpayer subsidies in California. Similar reforms are advocated by health groups in New York, New Mexico, Ontario and British Columbia, all major sources of film production subsidies. In 2008, U.S. states granted an estimated $500 million in production subsidies to youth-rated films with smoking, rivaling the $518 million they will spend for tobacco prevention in 2011.

Also today, the Smoke Free Movies campaign based at University of California, San Francisco, published a full-page ad in Variety and The Hollywood Reporter noting that two-thirds of Oscar®-nominated films this year include smoking and forty percent of these are rated PG or PG-13. The ad centers on the new animated film Rango (Viacom: Paramount and Nickelodeon) opening March 4. Headline: “How many studio execs did it take to OK smoking in a ‘PG’ movie?” California already makes animated films ineligible for public subsidy. The ad can be seen at www.smokefreemovies.ucsf.edu/ourads/index.html.

SOURCE University of California, San Francisco, Smoke Free Movies Initiative

University of California, San Francisco, Smoke Free Movies Initiative

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