Government Should Not Be in 'Business'

Government should get out of areas better served by private business.

Government at all levels spends our money.

Unlike businesses, government for the most part does not make a profit on the services it provides. Any service provided by government, is funded by guess who? That's correct, you and me. We fund the day to day operation of government.

Do you think that government overspends, and that it does not use your money wisely? You are not alone in thinking this way, but we [ you and i] have allowed this to happen over years. We have permitted government to grow into areas better served by private industry.

Why should government provide services, with our taxpayer dollars that a private or publically traded business can provide? Government at all levels must start to evaluate their delivered services and maybe, just maybe, allow business people to operate them. Imagine, privately run sewer plants, parks, waterfronts and beaches, just to name a few. 

The facilities could still be owned by the taxpayers but operated by somebody other than the government. This outside entity, would pay the government an annual fee for the privelege  of running any one of these aforementioned programs, and hopefully they would do so at a profit. This would remove the operational costs of running these facilities or services from the government as it lowered our tax burden.

Private operation of government services is not a novel idea. It is an idea whose time has come, as government does not belong in places where business can provide the same or better services for less.

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Tricia June 18, 2011 at 12:07 AM
This is Tea Party rant without one element of substantiation to the criticisms launched. If you transfer the ownership of public resources into private hands then you are advocating for, what, full-scale privatizing of every function in a society? We're facing an economic upheaval driven by private interests unfettered pursuit of their own self-interests; that isn't going to change if you add profit motive to something like running a park. When states have contracted with private prisons, costs have skyrocketed and the quality of service plummeted - profit motive and market forces do not yield the best result for every function of a society. Ultimately, it's anarchy - you recognize that, right, ... a political philosophy which considers the state undesirable, unnecessary, and harmful, and instead promotes a stateless society, or anarchy. Anarchists seek to diminish or even abolish authority in the conduct of human relations. No thanks.
Andrew June 19, 2011 at 05:13 PM
If you believe the 1890's and 1920's were periods of good US economic policy, then you'll agree with the author of this propaganda piece... What the author of this piece advocates is just what America needs - ever wider disparity between the rich and the poor!
Tricia June 20, 2011 at 07:51 PM
"A school teacher, Tea Party member and a CEO are sitting at a table. In the middle of the table there is a plate with a dozen cookies on it. The CEO reaches across and takes 11 cookies, looks at the Tea Party member and says, “Look out for that school teacher, she wants a piece of your cookie.”
Jerry Hannon June 21, 2011 at 02:20 AM
Gee whiz, Tom. I didn't realize that Enron was a government operation, and I guess that you must be suggesting that WorldCom was too, and Tyco, and Global Crossing, and Countrywide Mortgage, and AIG, and WaMu, and...how many other private sector failures that cost their employees dearly, and their stockholders dearly, and for many of these private sector failures also cost the US taxpayers dearly to payoff private sector creditors? Any time that private sector owners can get personally rich by cutting corners and sticking it to the rest of us, it will undoubtedly happen. Private sector wisdom is not superior to public sector wisdom; each has their place, and there must be a balance. But I will put more faith in governmental regulation, if judiciously created and rigorously enforced, than I will in personal greed, any day of the week. Try reading something besides the NY Post, and try watching objective news programs and tuning away from the Fox Propaganda Network.
Phil Dalton June 22, 2011 at 02:35 AM
These are awful ideas. Think of public assets being converted to provide profit for rich people (Mr. Kehoe says "publicly traded companies," implying that the companies are somehow more responsible than the status quo. How responsible is Time/Warner Cable? How responsible is BP? How responsible is Blackwater? This notion of "responsible corporations" is a canard inasmuch as corporate charters make corporations liable for failing to do anything and everything that maximizes profit. If people in government think only of the next election, just wait until a corporate board is thinking solely of annual quarters. Just imagine how short-sighted their judgment will be. If you think government is unresponsive now, wait until your assets are run by an international holding company and sold as a security to the sons of sultans in Dubai. And guess what - the government that Mr. Kehoe despises will be the government Mr. Kehoe is salivating to lobby in order for extended and more lucrative contracts. And think of just how much easier it will be when the keys to the people's assets are simply handed over to the selfish likes of Mr. Kehoe. I don't know how you can call yourself an American and despise democracy so much. Mr Kehoe is a plutocrat, plain and simple.


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