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  •  You're right, absolutely right. (7+ / 0-)

    But, you may not realize how much you are asking for.  You see, the prime impetus for "privatization" wasn't, as so often explained, to accomplish important tasks more quickly and more efficiently.  No, the real reason for handing public functions over to the private sector was to reclaim some of the secrecy/privacy that had been available to public officials before the advent of legislative and judicial reforms that promoted public accountability and public access to information.

    The hoped for protections traditionally enjoyed by private corporations under the guise of "proprietary information" and "client/attorney privilege" and the patent law has already been considerably eroded by the explosion in stock ownership and stockholder efforts to affect corporate policies.  Now you're asking that "confidential" employees be encouraged to wash the corporate dirty linen in public!

    What's the world come to, if nothing is sacred?

    Finally, it should not come as a surprise that public officials aren't keen on having the public look into what their corporate cronies do.  After all, while some corporations were no doubt tempted to undertake public functions to earn a profit, others were suborned by our elected representatives who don't enjoy making decisions for which they can be blamed.  Nobody forced the do-nothing congress to do nothing.  They were quite happy to subscribe to a life of honor without merit all on their own.

    How do you tell a predator from a protector? The predator will eat you sooner rather than later.

    by hannah on Mon Feb 02, 2009 at 06:05:20 AM PST

    •  You've totally spotted what others have missed. (3+ / 0-)
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      That's the point. Just like free-speech protest rights apply in the public square and on the sidewalks of Main Street, but not on the private property of shopping malls, whose private security guards can see to it that they are kept completely free of any political discourse.

      The Dutch children's chorus Kinderen voor Kinderen wishes all the children of the world a happy holiday season!

      by lotlizard on Mon Feb 02, 2009 at 08:56:24 AM PST

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