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State-sponsored “Natural Monopoly” at Work

July 21, 2006 by

According to CBS, several Con Edison repair men were filmed asleep at the wheel. Not only were they not working on repairing faulty electrical equipment but when asked by nearby residents as to what they were doing, they repeatedly stated that “we really can’t say anything” and that “they were trying their best.”

Of additional interest is the last 2 paragraphs which state:

Con Edison officials refused to look at the video of their workers or to explain on camera what they were doing.

Someone from the public relations department at Con Edison spoke with CBS 2 on the phone, saying, “First and foremost, you’re not allowed to speak directly to our employees…Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We’ll look into it and call you.”

This is reminiscent to the Comcast technician that was filmed asleep at the job; he was later fired. John Stossel also had a good segment on private versus public road maintenance, anyone recall the name of the video it is found on?

Via Mike Ewens. See also: 1 2 3


Curt Howland July 21, 2006 at 1:48 pm

Can’t answer your question, but if you find Stossel’s “Stupid In America”, jump at the chance to see it.

A.B. Dada July 21, 2006 at 5:20 pm

Torrent of Stupid in America:

mods please delete if this isn’t acceptable per TOS

Tim Swanson July 21, 2006 at 6:11 pm

I discussed Stossel’s “Stupid In America” in Why Johnny Can’t Read. Unfortunately it doesn’t have the segment I’m looking for. The one I am thinking of is at least as old as March 2001 (I saw it at a FEE seminar).

Koen July 25, 2006 at 10:08 am

‘John Stossel Goes to Washington’ is the name of the video where he interviews road workers who used to work for the gov’t and then later for a private company

Tim Swanson July 25, 2006 at 11:46 am

Thanks Koen.

For more information on “John Stossel Goes to Washington” here is a review from The Wall Street Journal. Or you can grab it at the ABC News Store.

Also, I found a couple clips of that show on YouTube: 1 2

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