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  •  That's the whole entire problem with the (29+ / 0-)

    "contract it out" "privatization" thing:  No accoutability, no responsibility, no decency.

    The only thing that matters when any service, from school lunches to military showers in Iraq to road crews to prisons becomes money.  

    People are no longer part of the equation. At all.

    This is an example of exactly why contracting out and privatization are wrong.

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 09:43:29 AM PST

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    •  Well, maybe not the WHOLE problem (7+ / 0-)

      because anything that is outsourced costs more than the same service done in-house. It has to. Because it has to make a profit.
      So as well as the disconnect of responsibility, it also wastes money.

      If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

      by CwV on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 01:27:59 PM PST

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      •  Amen. (3+ / 0-)
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        jpmassar, YucatanMan, bontemps2012

        What we have is a Dickensian world here, brought back to us by a bunch of amoral corporations.  Evil, evil, evil.

      •  Well, it can cost less, if the workers are (0+ / 0-)

        more oppressed.  

        In other words, let's say county road maintenance employees are contracted out.  

        Instead of being paid prevailing wages, the private workers will be paid jsut over minimum wage.

        Instead of having a county pension to retire on at age 65, they will have a 401(k) with no match or they  will have no retirement plan whatsoever.

        Instead of working overtime to insure a bridge is patched up, everyone is strictly limited to 40 hours - or even 38 hours - a week to insure overtime pay is never required.  The bridge can fall down or someone can slide off a poorly graded road, but that isn't the private contractor's problem, is it?

        So, by wiping out the benefits and pay of the former county workers, a private company can come in "cheaper" and still make a profit.  BUT:  the formerly middle class workers (and future retirees) are now minimum wage slaves.

        The county roads are maintained, but spending in the county goes DOWN because the same number of workers have far less income, assets and net worth.  

        Privatization has impoverished the county and leads to a spiral downward.  The minimum wage slaves cannot afford very nice houses or rents, so property values fall, thus lower tax revenues arrive at the county.  So, the county goes looking for more false "savings."

        In a word, privatization screws citizens in every way.

        "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

        by YucatanMan on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 11:01:59 PM PST

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