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  •  The quoted material is irrelevant smoke (5+ / 0-)

    written to justify the use of contracted services even though they cost vastly more by shifting the focus from what they actually cost to the irrelevant issue of what the contractor's employees earn. It is a RW talking point in that respect.

    That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

    by enhydra lutris on Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 09:34:52 AM PDT

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    •  Nonsense... (5+ / 0-)

      A. Its the CBO... as in non partisan.

      B. You didn't look at the methodology of their analysis did you?

      •  You didn't read my comment, did you? (2+ / 0-)
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        CajunBoyLgb, Youffraita

        That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

        by enhydra lutris on Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 10:23:06 AM PDT

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      •  What's also missing from the CBO's analysis (0+ / 0-)

        is the incalculable cost to a free society of turning over increasing portions of our national defense to unaccountable, profit-seeking corporations.

        For example, this section seems to beg a fairly significant question:

        During peacetime, however, the military unit would remain in the force structure and continue to accrue costs at a peacetime rate, whereas the private security contract would not have to be renewed

        ...so, we cut security personnel from our military, losing experience and institutional knowledge, then we contract out for the services but are able to cancel or scale back the contract when a conflict winds down? What happens when the next conflict arises and the firm we'd previously hired has now deployed all of its most competent and experienced (mostly due to training they received in the US Military) security people on a long-term contract to suppress dissent in Bahrain or similar? I'm sure our troops will be grateful when they find their "security" being handled by a bunch of overpriced amateurs rush-hired by the "security" company in order to feed at the trough of yet another lucrative, poorly-overseen government contract.

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