A recent letter endorsed a major conservative article of faith, that government can't do anything right and that private enterprise does everything better.
I call this belief an article of faith because people accept it without a shred of evidence. However, even superficial investigation shows that privatization of a public service is usually bad. When you add a profit motive to any job, it stands to reason that the profit has to come from somewhere, usually from cutting services.
Also, privatized functions don't get the oversight of public ones. Charter schools don't outperform public schools; often they don't do nearly as well. Privatized prisons, like those in Florida, are a crime and a disgrace, grossly abusing prisoners.
Our privatized military doesn't work well either: a mercenary soldier costs about 10 times as much as a regular one. Mercenaries in Iraq, with virtually no oversight, mistreated and killed Iraqi civilians, making enemies of the people we were supposedly helping.
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I have never understood why conservatives dislike and distrust the government and uncritically praise free enterprise. At least we have some control of government. Where would we be without government oversight and regulation of commerce? Companies would foist dangerous products on us without government regulation.
Unfortunately, conservatives not only want to believe that the government can't do anything right, they also have a strategy to make it so. Called "starving the beast," they deliberately underfund an agency so that it can't do its job properly, and then they can point to it, saying, "See? We told you so!"
"Trickle down economics" also endorses the virtues of private enterprise, also with the same record of failure.
Those advocating privatization gain by it, but the rest of us stand to lose. Act in your own best interest: get the facts instead of uncritically accepting the propaganda.