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Oh, yeah. Now this I will phone for.

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Taxation by Another Name: Our Devotion to Privatization Will Cost Us

Ever since St. Ronnie Reagan declared that government was the problem not the solution, Republicans have been gutting government like it was a fresh-caught fish. But the DLC Democrats – now the neoliberal elitists – essentially embraced the same general philosophy, even if they didn’t carry it to the same lunatic extremes as Republicans. Remember, it was Clinton who declared the end of the era of big government, deregulated Wall Street and the big banks, cut welfare, forged corporate-friendly trade agreements, and turned the media over to the likes of Fox and Clear channel by neutering the FCC.

The justification for all this was that business could and would perform functions more cheaply and more efficiently than government, and that unshackling it from regulations was the engine of economic growth. …

It turns out that privatizing public functions, over time, almost always costs more on net. In a study examining the costs of privatizing government functions, the Project on Government Oversight (POGO) found that it cost more to contract out functions in thirty-three out of the thirty-five job classifications they examined than it would to keep them in government. On net, POGO found that contracting out services to the private sector cost twice as much as doing the function in-house with government workers.

In short, you can pay relatively less taxes to have a function done or managed by government—an entity that is answerable to you at every election; or more to have it overseen and performed by a private entity who is likely to do a poorer job, one that isn’t answerable to you. You’re paying “taxes” either way. Government taxes are simply more transparent, less costly, and more accountable than the “taxes” you pay to private entities.

Finally, the private sector will determine which projects get funded, and which don’t. That means the most profitable venture is likely to be the one to get done, not the most needed. It also skews public policy from ventures which don’t offer a clear opportunity for profit, or investments that are inherently less profitable—things like storm drains, flood control projects, or bridges on less travelled roads.

This last issue is a big deal. We the people won’t get to set the public agenda. In essence, we will be accepting a measure of corporate tyranny in exchange for … well … not much. Certainly, no net savings, and certainly not a better infrastructure. In fact, we may end up paying more for the wrong infrastructure investments.

Lots more in the article, including how Hill spoke with forked tongue. Capping it off,

It’s time to put this worship of and enslavement to the private sector to rest. It’s not only a bad idea for infrastructure, it is: a bad way to govern; causing us to pollute ourselves to near death; making us fight endless wars with no real rational; and shredding the principals our Constitution was founded upon.

Oh yeah, it will also cost us a lot of money.

polarbear4

don’t know how i posted this here. anyhoo. what i would phone again for is my local and Bernie!

Privatization should be a stand alone. Happy Monday! 😜

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Mainstream Media Outlets Keep Hiring CIA/Intel Veterans, And It’s Gross

“Former CIA director John Brennan has become the latest member of the NBC News and MSNBC family, officially signing with the network as a contributor,” chirps a recent article by The Wrap, as though that’s a perfectly normal thing to have to write and not a ghastly symptom of an Orwellian dystopia. NBC reports that the former head of the depraved, lying, torturing, propagandizing, drug trafficking, coup-staging, warmongering Central Intelligence Agency “is now a senior national security and intelligence analyst.”

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A 14-Year-Old Girl Forced Into the Gaza Cage

Even the worst bureaucracies contain few monsters. Its officials have simply forgotten what it means to be human, losing the capacity for compassion and independent thought.

After five decades of ruling over Palestinians, with no limits or accountability, many Israelis have become cogs.

Most of the Palestinian victims of this “system” remain hidden from view – like the small children of Abu Nawar who awoke this week to find their village school had been levelled because Israel wants their land for the neighbouring illegal settlement of Maale Adumim.

But a Ghada occasionally throws a troubling light on the depths to which Israel has sunk.

jeebus. all of it.

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https://www.buzzfeed.com/johnhudson/progressives-unhappy-that-menendez-will-retake-foreign?utm_term=.yodAAmRaM#.lxyzz8BJ4

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has given his blessing for Sen. Bob Menendez, one of Congress’s most conservative Democrats on foreign policy issues, to return to his previous job as the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Hill aides tell BuzzFeed News.

Menendez, who relinquished the position in 2015 after being indicted on federal corruption charges, is expected to reclaim the title of ranking member this week, aides said, following the Justice Department’s decision last week to drop corruption charges against him.

Menendez’s return as the Democrats’ top voice on foreign policy is expected to anger progressive activists who for years expressed dissatisfaction with Menendez’s hawkish views.

“Senator Menendez has failed to show he has the dedication to a diplomacy-first foreign policy that’s urgently needed now in the Democratic Party and Senate as a whole,” Jo Comerford, campaign director at MoveOn.org, a leading progressive advocacy group, told BuzzFeed News.

Menendez vocally opposed the signature achievements of President Barack Obama’s second term, including the Iran nuclear deal, which he voted against, and Washington’s rapprochement with Cuba.

After President Donald Trump took office, Menendez stood alone among committee Democrats to vote in favor of the president’s controversial pick for ambassador to Israel, David Friedman — one of many positions that progressives said should disqualify him from the prestigious committee position.

“Democrats need leadership on the Foreign Relations Committee that understands that the stakes surrounding such unbridled hawkishness are even more grave today,” Comeford said.

As the top Democrat, Menendez will gain control of a staff of foreign policy experts and a powerful perch to oversee the foreign policy of the Trump administration.

In recent years, Menendez took more money from pro-Israel donors than any other Democrat in the Senate, and members of the pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC personally financed his legal defense fund as he fought corruption charges stemming from his 20-year friendship with a Florida ophthalmologist.

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We’ve been getting the message, loud and clear, since 2016.

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