Fact remains, Duck Dynasty gets welfare from the
state, and then say welfare is wrong, and the number of Louisiana
residents who pay state taxes who work for that show will never
come anywhere close to making it up with their own income tax
returns. Not to mention no one has ever come up with numbers to
factually show that TV shows and films in Louisiana, getting
billions of welfare dollars, actually simulate enough other
business to pay back not only those billions of film welfare
dollars, but to show a profit. Not one single study has ever
shown this to be true. Yet there are evangelists who insist it is
true based on faith, not numbers. Accounting based on faith ends
up losing money, period.
It was stated, "I love how it conveniently leaves out any revenue
made by the state in the form of tourism, housing, tax from
merchandise etc, etc, etc."
Again, show me numbers, where is a study to factually back up this
claim? Several studies have been done here and in other states,
and show the tax incentives don't actually bring in as much as you
claim. The film industry does not bring in tons of tourism.
People don't come to see films made. No city has ever been shown
to have an increase in tourism because a movie was made there.
Show me the facts.
On a radio interview this past week, Secretary of Louisiana
Economic Development Stephen Moret was asked (by me) when the
film/tv tax insitives will pay for themselves, or stimulate enough
state wide growth to pay them back, and admitted that the tax
incentives will never pay for themselves in any manner, they are
an expensive and very precarious investment in returns we have no
information to verify. So there you have it, the tax incentives
may never be financially beneficial, from the horse's mouth.
So, there are no facts to back up wild statements that the state
grows economically from the billions of dollars we give away as
film industry welfare. Not a single piece of solid, factual
information. Just speculation based on made-up fantasies about
economics that do not mathematically add up.
Those of us who simply question the realities of tax
incentives and film industry welfare, are chastised by you
evangelists for asking simple questions of numbers, rather than
jumping on the bandwagon of blind faith. Again, show the numbers
to backup your claim, and stop bashing folks like me who ask
Duck Dynasty does NOT in any way, form, or shape pay the state
back for the tons of welfare money the cast gets from the state,
that is does in any manner is simply a fantasy that the numbers
don't back up. Why not run it like a regular TV show, and let it
support itself off of advertising and sponsors? What is wrong
with that? Why should MY tax dollars support rich folks I never
watch or care for? "I" don't get any return on that, do I?
Put you money where your mouth is, show me some factual numbers,
show me factually in reality how Duck Dynasty's welfare checks
help me as a Louisiana citizen?