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  •  I suppose in select cases, it makes sense (7+ / 0-)

    but how do you draw that line?

    how do you enforce that line?

    Most of us know the frustration,
    of waiting at the DMV for your Number to be Called,
    to "get your public services".

    (or similar experience at the Post Office)

    Imagine your Frustration when you finally get to the counter,
    and you find a "temp person" there,
    who doesn't have a clue, about your complex and unique situation/problem.

    There is "value" to having experienced, dedicated, career employees --"there to help" ...

    Corporate Mission goals, would look to reduce that level of "problem solving" service
    -- at all costs to them  (cost eventually passed on to the public customers.)

    Meanwhile the Taxpayer keeps paying for the lower quality service,
    often at 3 to 4 time the cost of a Career professional.

    Who sorts all these Quality details out, Shaviv ?

    Or should we just perform a grand experiment,
    and send all the Public Employees packing,
    and see what happens next?

    I dream of things that never were  -- and ask WHY NOT?
    -- Robert F. Kennedy

    by jamess on Mon Mar 07, 2011 at 10:47:39 AM PST

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    •  I'm sorry, I don't think I endorsed (3+ / 0-)
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      ladybug53, jamess, James Kresnik

      "[sending] all the public employees packing". What I said was: in specific cases, where there's a serious competitive market for a service, and where costs could be cut with no decrease in quality of service - for example, by going for a pest-control contractor instead of hiring someone to do pest control in-house - it makes sense.

      Of course the goals of corporate management and government management are different. Corporate management wants to make money by balancing the cost of providing a service against the cost of not maintaining the quality of that service; in other words, you want your customers to spend much on a service which costs you little, but you want them to keep coming back and not stray to a different provider.

      In contrast, government management - elected officials and appointed bureaucrats - presumably want to present the best service, in order to get reelected, reappointed, or not replaced. There are costs to balance here, too, although these often seem to be less of a concern (if the services in question don't go to poor and/or dark-skinned people).

      That everything we do in our society is part of a Grand Experiment should go without saying.

      I cannot believe my eyes; is the world finally growing wise? But it's plain to see, some kind of harmony is on the rise. -- Penny, "My Eyes", /Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog/

      by Shaviv on Mon Mar 07, 2011 at 11:20:22 AM PST

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