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  •  Never trust "private " business (3+ / 0-)
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    roadbear, Orinoco, Leo in NJ

    Studies such as this one can can help bring about the nationalization of those industries that have government contracts.  Unless US citizens are willing to line the pockets of the corporate owners, they should at least demand that any contract with the government be at cost which would be determined by the appropriate government agency, but in no case more than the computations referred to in this article.  If there is a clear need for a particular product or service, but the corporation refuses to comply with the government terms, then the company is nationalized.  

    •  There are many ways to contract (2+ / 0-)
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      Shirl In Idaho, La Gitane

      Cost plus percent and cost plus fixed fee are part of the mix. Both have problems. Either can be gamed by a savvy contractor.

      We don't really need to get into nationalization of private companies in general (although nationalizing oil and utility companies might be a good idea) when we can simply set up a governmental unit and directly hire people to do whatever the work is.

      "The problems of incompetent, corrupt, corporatist government are incompetence, corruption and corporatism, not government." Jerome a Paris

      by Orinoco on Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 11:19:07 AM PDT

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    •  WTF are you smoking and where can I get some? (3+ / 0-)

      Name ONE business that's been nationalized because the government couldn't buy services of their contractor employees at what the government considered a fair rate.  What you're talking about is some sort of conscription or even a draft, which is not legal.

      The point of the diary post is that the US is already lining the pockets of corporate owners and the workers are not being compensated as well as the government workers, yet the company (corporate owners) is being paid more to provide the services of the contractors.  Sure, there's overhead just as there is for the government, but the study says in 33 of 35 cases, the government provides the service for less, with less overhead and the worker makes more.

    •  Most of the contracts I've been around (1+ / 0-)
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      Jon Says

      could have been done inside the government. The problem with the current Civil Service system is that they don't let you hire people and they don't let you fire incompetent people. The whole Civil Service System must be changed from the bottom up. Believe me it doesn't work--and people are right to be pissed at government. The fact it works as well as it does is a testament to the extraordinary efforts of committed public servants who take their job seriously--but the system is designed to undermine that spirit.

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