Discussion in 'Current Events' started by wkmac, Jan 30, 2010.
You got something against contractors?
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"That dog just can't take it!"
In theory, the privatization of government services seems to be very appealing to those of us who would like our government to function for the least amount of cost.
Unfortunately, privatization is just another scheme to tranfer wealth from the taxpayer to private corporations. Our elected officials are so in bed with their corporate donors, that lucrative government contracts are given to these donors who in turn often times charge much more then the cost if the government had simply got the job done in house.
I have read that the military is a prime example of privatization being used to scam the system. So much of what the military did at lower cost is now outsourced.
I have always been for welfare reform. But the people I want to start with is not the single mother of three in the projects. It is the corporations who manipulate our government to transfer our collective wealth to them.
Prime example where to start the reform? Stop providing military services, under the guise of protecting our freedom, to corporations to protect their international business dealings.
Well said Jim! It's easy to confuse privatization with free markets but in fact they are not one and the same by any stretch. Lew Rockwell in a Mises 2002' piece said the following concerning privatization:
Many paleo-liberals have seen through the smoke and mirrors that is called privatization and although they may have other motives (not always evil motives mind you) they were correct in opposing. It's one thing for gov't to contract out schools, social security, even medical care which is what much of Obamacare is and will be but the gov't is still the boss acting as the contracting party, contractor to contractee. Free market is where gov't ends all efforts on it's part of providing say for schools, or retirement accounts and even medical care and allows a true open and free competitive market with no one having the control of gov't to use for market advantage. It's bad enough that under neo-liberal leadership of Washington, the corp. toehold on all things gov't is still as fully entrenched as before but buying into the idea of privatization as some free market operation is at the least misleading. How is it that privatizing an industry to be doled out by contract from the gov't to a protected private corp. monopoly free market?
If this is the system you believe in then 1930's and 1940's Italy is your model as it was also for other admirers like Churchill and FDR. Is it really hard to believe when we were also friends with this guy at one time too?
The Nature and Morality of Gov't
and limited gov't too!
Thank you for elucidating my thoughts on what the government considers "privatization", wkmac .
lol. Why would you even think of them. They are nothing. Move along. Nothing to see here.
And Jim, you make excellent points. Wonder how many corporations are going to lobby (with their money) for candidates that support your statements?
Now that the Supreme Court has further blessed corporations with the same rights as an actual person, getting any politician to listen to his/her non-corporate constituents will be next to impossible.
Remember, what's good for GM is good for the country. Ironic how the government now own's GM.
"What's good for GM is good for the country." Repeat 500 times and begin again.
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