Was reading an article by Paul Buchheit at Common Dreams the other day that pretty much solidified my opinion on the privatization of our Republic which continues pretty much apace as we speak. There’s little left that hasn’t been privatized… and then subsequently monetized… and what there is left is being gobbled up like the Fascists at an alarming rate. There’s a very good chance that when the smoke clears in November and it’s time to put about actually saving what’s left of the country, there won’t be anything left to save. It will all be part of the obscenely bloated financial sector and our noble experiment in democracy… or at least the attempt to found a true representative republic… will just be something else to erase from the history books along with why no dinosaurs were ever mentioned in the Bible and the contributions to our society made by people who weren’t rich white Christian males
The simple fact is that there is not one shred of empirical evidence out there that suggests that private industry can do the government’s job better than the government can and indeed over the past 12 years, a period during which privatization has made its greatest gains, exactly the opposite would appear to be true. I’ll spare you the stories of Walter Reed and the VA and the national cemeteries and KBR/Halliburton, mainly because I’ve talked about them so much over the past couple of years that even I’m tired of listening to me. But Mr. Buchheit’s article exposes a heretofore little noticed flaw in the whole run on government being made by the corporate oligarchy, a whole new angle of attack.
A grand delusion has been planted in the minds of Americans, that privately run systems are more efficient and less costly than those in the public sector. Most of the evidence points the other way. Private initiatives generally produce mediocre or substandard results while experiencing the usual travails of unregulated capitalism — higher prices, limited services, and lower wages for all but a few ‘entrepreneurs.
With perverse irony, the corruption and incompetence of private industry has actually furthered the cause of privatization, as the collapse of the financial markets has deprived state and local governments of necessary public funding, leading to an even greater call for private development.
As aptly expressed by a finance company chairman in 2008, “Desperate government is our best customer.”
A lot of people have this mistaken idea that when they pay their taxes, those dollars go into some account somewhere where they just lay there waiting to be spent maybe drawing a couple of percent in bank interest along the way. Doesn’t work that way. In fact it’s been a long damned time since it MIGHT have worked that way. That money is invested in the various funds that exist out there for the purpose in the same way that government trust funds such as the one serving Social Security is and that it’s the return on those investments that fund many local and state government operations including the retirement funds for most public employees..
And it should be clear that in committing the crimes against society that led to the financial meltdown beginning in 2007/2008 one of the results would naturally be that those state and local governments that were invested heavily in the Wall Street Ponzi schemes were going to find themselves in deep trouble when the doodoo hit the rapidly spinning air circulation device and the bottom dropped out of Wall Street’s unethical, immoral and should have been illegal derivatives schemes in which the banks stood to make billions by betting against those very governments whose money they were taking. This is why the City of Oakland, California… recently famous for having it’s cops use paramilitary weapons and tactics against unarmed and mostly peaceful protesters during the Occupy Movement… has gained a further gibbet of fame by telling Goldman Sachs to go piss up a rope and is refusing to pay for the worthless paper it got from GS as return for its investment.
Once you get your mind wrapped around the fact that none of what those banks did to bring about the financial collapse of not only the country itself but the virtual bankruptcy of the thousands of individual state, local and municipal entities that had every dime their respective jurisdictions could muster tangled up in what was nothing less than a raid on the federal treasury, it’s almost impossible to believe it was an accident. Watching California’s developer type moguls already jockeying around for places in the lines that will be forming for concessions to run the parks and scenic attractions that the state won’t be able to maintain should be enough to convince anybody that our greatest danger wasn’t terrorism from without but Fascism and that comes from within. Again, I’ll quote Pogo because it’s damned near always apt: “We has met the enemy and he is us.”..
These people knew EXACTLY what they were doing every single minute of every hour of every day they were doing it and if you still have any doubt in your mind on that score then you’re a dumb sonofabitch and deserve whatever happens to you as a result. Unfortunately, the rest of us don’t deserve it and our kids don’t deserve it and their kids don’t deserve it. You go ahead and turn the country over to the Scott Walkers and the Rick Scotts and most importantly the Mitt Romneys and the Paul Ryans.
But if and when you do, always remember this: Don’t ever let me hear you utter so much as a goddamned whimper about how bad things are and I DAMNED sure don’t want to hear about how it’s Obama’s fault and all the crap that dribbles onto your shirtfront today. Not one flipping WORD, else I’m liable to drop you right in your damned tracks because I’m old, I’m sick and by then I won’t have a damned thing to lose by it.
Oh and will someone explain to Rick Santorum… y’all is singular, all y’all means a group. Biden obviously didn’t know that either but he didn’t go on national TV and try to make it into something it wasn’t when he didn’t even know the proper usage of the terms.
More on the ways Privatization ill serves America, hopefully tomorrow.