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  •  It's my sense, for which I have no proof, (1+ / 0-)
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    that, at least in the South, privatization was as much a response to the demise of segregation, as it was to the demise of "sovereign immunity."  When the latter made public officials accountable for how public assets and resources were actually being used, their management was suddenly no longer as much fun.  Once it became possible for the general public to insist that public resources be allocated equitably, the bloom was off the rose.

    And, in retrospect, it's obvious that turning public assets over to private corporations was an easy way to evade the requirements of integration.  In areas where the requirements were impossible to evade, as in transportation, the privatized facilities were just allowed to deteriorate and fail--ergo, the demise of streetcars and tolleys all over the South.

    When we moved from Florida (a rapidly expanding locale) to Georgia (a long-established state that's only recently expanding) in 1993, it was amazing to me how many and varied the public facilities were/are.  I could suddenly understand Newt's rants against "bloated" government, which never made any sense in Florida where public services were clearly inadquate.  Even somewhat reduced, public assets in Georgia (libraries, recreation centers, subsidized housing, schools, water and sewer, natural gas lines) were much more abundant than in Florida.  

    •  That was why a local hospital was forced to (1+ / 0-)
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      refund $3.75M to Medicare/Medicaid when it was discovered they were routinely upcoding and unbundling (overcharging for lower levels of services than reported) but no one went to jail since it was all "clerical errors".

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