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  •  That function is a matter of delegation. (6+ / 0-)

    Congress has long been delegating its responsibilities. "Privatization" is just a modern word for it, much as "sequester" is a new term for hide/ration/deprive.

    Fact is that "let the private sector do it," is itself a scam. We hire public servants to manage our public resources but, instead of meeting their obligations, they prefer to dick around with various kinds of intrusive and restrictive legislation to distract the citizenry from their own dereliction.

    Why do we hire such people?  Because, they talk a good game and we do not know ahead of time they are full of hot air and basically incompetent. The U.S., as far as I can tell has always been vulnerable to cons. Melville wrote about them and so did Mark Twain. Generosity and giving people the benefit of the doubt makes us vulnerable to being taken advantage of and abused. Generous people have to learn to say "no." This is sort of ironic. It seems useless to tell people who aren't doing "no," but we have to keep in mind that public officials are hired to do, so when they don't, they perpetrate a fraud.  
    Presumably, when people are hired and they don't perform as direct, the logical response is to fire them. But, recent history seems to suggest, that's not enough. Not doing has become epidemic.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 09:47:58 AM PDT

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