posted on Oct, 26 2013 @ 09:17 PM
reply to post by FyreByrd
I wanted to add a little new information to this thread from:
Healthcare.gov Debacle: Spare Some Blame for Bush and Clinton
It's about the effeciency and reliablity of outsourcing and/or privatizing public services and duties.
If the problem-plagued rollout of healthcare.gov is any indication, 25 years of bipartisan efforts to downsize the federal government and turn
a broad swath of what was the public sector over to private contractors haven’t yielded the awesome efficiencies the “reinventing government”
crowd promised us. What a shocker.
Our never-ending debates about the size of government have always been rather silly when you consider that in the end, quality is always more
important than quantity. Good governance is so much more important than some arbitrary, ideologically informed notion of the government being too big
or too small.
And the belief — common among conservatives — that the size of government is growing at a breakneck pace is almost laughable. In 2012, there were
355,000 fewer civilian workers in the federal government than there were in Ronald Reagan’s final year in office (and 800,000 fewer total personnel
when you include the uniformed military). That’s despite 25 years of economic growth and the addition of several new programs.
And I might add - millions more people in the country.
And here’s the kicker: According to a 1999 study of defense contracting by the Project on Government Oversight (PoGo), even as we were
outsourcing a ton of work to the private sector, the agencies that had been “successful at reining in industry fraud” were those
hit hardest by the cuts, including a 19 percent cut in staff at the Defense Contract Audit Agency, which had saved “almost $10 for each dollar
invested,” and a 21 percent cut in the Department of Defense Inspector General’s office.
Yep - outsourcing and privatizing - really good for the wealthy and bad for you and me.