In the discussion thread: Romney Economics; Fewer Teachers; Fewer Firefighters; Fewer Cops [View all]
Response to KansDem (Reply #1)
Sat Jun 9, 2012, 11:49 AM
SoutherDem (2,306 posts)
7. I haven't heard the word Privatized yet
but, that usually is the answer to all that ills America according to Republicans.
Let the market place work for us they often say. Somehow adding a profit margin is suppose to solve all problems.
We do have privatized variations of Education, Police Department and the Fire Department.
Education - Proprietary Schools are all over the place, usually in old shopping centers, they under pay the instructors who most are adjunct they have no benefits, and work quarter to quarter. The students pay more than twice as to what they would pay at a public school, the executives make high salaries and usually a private equity firm is the owner. By the way they are usually accredited by a "trade" school accrediting organization and the education is often considers substandard and the students can't get jobs.
Police - We have private security companies, some of which do a good job, but others are like an entire force of Barney Fifes. We also have companies like used in Iraq I think Black Water was the name but they are a force of Rambos. I don't know about the pay structures but I would guess once again the employees are under paid while executives are over paid.
Fire - Growing up there was an area which most people would consider a city, it even showed up on maps, but it was unincorporated. Their police protection was provided by the county, but at that time the county didn't have any fire department and being unincorporated they couldn't tax themselves. Someone started a private fire department which was paid by fire dues. When you paid your dues you got a placard to post, if you house caught on fire they first looked for that placard before they would put the fire out. They also sent a bill if they assisted a traffic accident for anyone who wasn't a member. Today they are part of the county fire system so no more houses burning to the ground be cause they couldn't pay the fire dues.
Somethings do work fine privatized others do not.
For me one of the tests are is it for the common good. If it is it may/should be public.
I may be missing something but since the government can run these three groups without worrying about profit but privatizing would add a profit factor how can it be better than allowing the government to do it.
But, for Romney profit is all that matters. Our new national motto "In Profit We Trust"
I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours
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