Posted by Jon on April 24, 2000 at 00:31:13:
In Reply to: Re: Politics posted by Dave BRewster on April 24, 2000 at 00:23:55:
: : I'd love to hear others' thoughts on this. After all, I'm just a goofy cartoonist.
: You are far from a "goofy cartoonist". The problem with government intervention (just in terms of giving tax credits) is that it brings government into the film business. You dont want that because it puts governments in competition. Not film makers.
As an artist, I totally agree with you, but the fact is that we are losing work not because of our artistic ability but because of government competition. The influx of money into Canada, and out of the U.S. is staggering. It is a serious political issue, especially in California!
: The only way the government can help is to threaten Canada to drop Free Trade if they do not stop imbalancing the business. It is a hard thing to do because Mexico is involved and they aren't losing a thing.
: They could if they wanted find some other industry that was more economically important to Canada and threaten equal tax rebates. Something that might really hurt (steel or lumber). And when the Canadian lobbyists come to complain (which I have no doubt they would)offer to drop that rebate if they drop theirs for film. Now you ask why another industry. Because it cuts out direct government competition in film and you could find an entire other set of unions to support it. Simple huh ?
In the end it's all the same, isn't it, Dave? It's money, bottom line, for everybody - producers, animators, AND governments.
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