You may remember Christopher X. Brodeur from his unexpectedly successful run for mayor, or from his spectacularly unsuccessful fight against aggravated harassment charges that landed him in the clink for six months last year. Well, he's back, and he's taking the fight to a new enemy: the Con Edison bill printing department! From an email he sent us this morning:
Have you seen the new, larger Con Ed bills, which of course waste more paper and create tons more landfill and recycling costs for taxpayers? Why is no one in charge of preventing this waste? Nevermind that the added cost by Con Ed gets passed on to you and me in our "larger" bills.
WHY can't we socialize electricity exactly as we did police and fire services, public libraries and public parks? The NYPD sends out zero bills a month to pay for its service, versus Con Ed's 5 million envelopes a month. That's insanity at best. The head of Con Ed gets paid about 3 times more than the head of the USA, (The President) which is a perfect illustration of how the "free market" is as inefficient economically as possible. Before they "deregulated" the electric industry, the head of Con Ed was getting a much lower salary. Now, our rates must keep skyrocketing to pay for the expanded salaries and expanded waste, while Con Ed reduces repairs and servicing of its lines to fund these enormous salaries. (See: the "blackout" in Queens this year.)
There is no logic to Con Ed being for-profit in any way, except to line the pockets of hyper-capitalists. If deregulation makes sense, then why doesn't the government open police, fire, and military services to "competition"? Why doesn't the FDNY send out 5 million bills every 30 days to pay for its services? Because they know it wouldn't work and would be catastrophic. Government is bad, but big business is far worse and far more expensive.
Why will the media not even discuss this issue?
Preach on, CXB-- waste not, want not! Everyone who's able should sign up for e-bill, which eliminates all of the paper. The rest of Chris' letter, after the jump.
Socialism makes more sense than capitalism in police protection AND basic services like electricity and phones. "Competition" MUST increase cost to consumers, duh. (EX: the FDNY doesn't need to spend 50 million a year to advertise its product, while every phone company does. So the FDNY ---by being socialistic---- saves us the 500 million a year or so all the phone companies pay for advertising (which then gets passed onto the customer).
There is no debate (pun intended).
The people of America would prefer single-payer electricity and phones (and health care) just like they do single-payer fire, police, military, school, library, parks, sidewalks, and so on.
Now, why can't the People get what they want in a democracy?
You in the media could make this a reality. Why are you opposed to any debate?
christopher x. brodeur
Lower East SIde