Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Movie Folks Are Organized

A meeting started at 4 p.m. this afternoon to discuss the movie kickback, the subsidy that rebates spending on movie production to the people making the movie. The meeting was at the theater in the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque's South Valley.
I got there about 3:40 and breezed in. The theater was about two-thirds full. Someone was telling the audience to get into their seats because no standees were going to be allowed. I chatted with a few of the good guys on the issue—Rep. Dennis Kintigh and Rep. Janice Arnold-Jones—and left. By that time the line in front the registration desk, the desk I had ignored, was to the end of the hall and wrapped halfway back down the hall to the entry door.
My guess is that nearly all were pro-kickback. But then if your job depended on the government and if the political balance of power had shifted away from you (with the election of Susana Martinez as governor), you too would be out in force. I'm on one pro-kickback list serve. The anguish in the emails at the slightest threat is something to behold. These messages fortunately go into a spam file, but I look at them occasionally anyway. That's entertainment.

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