Bush Outsourcing Government Jobs

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    Investigators at the GAO say the Bush administration has gone way beyond hiring industry to trim bushes or process paychecks. They've hired more corporations than ever to help make decisions on behalf of the government.

    The Bush administration has hired private industry to take over more of the government's work than any administration ever. It has made history:
    'Big Government' Backlash
    "There has been a very quiet revolution in how the government performs its functions," says Katherine Schinasi, one of the top officials at the Government Accountability Office.
    "I think what worries me most is we are not sure how we got here," Schinasi says, "and we're not sure why we're here and, most troubling to me, whose interest is being represented.
    The modern era of contracting began on Jan. 20, 1981, when President Ronald Reagan was sworn into office.
    On that day, Reagan delivered some of his most famous lines. "In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem," he said.
    And, actually, President Clinton did even more to contract out work than Reagan. For instance, Clinton made it easier for companies to get government contracts without competing. And then came President Bush, who said "big government is not the answer" and shattered all the previous records for contracting out.
    Obama To Tackle Explosion In Federal Contracts : NPR

    Here is a great article on this from Thom Hartmann: ThomHartmann.com - "You Can't Govern if You Don't Believe in Government"
     
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    Actually, government contracting started long before Reagan. One such example was the space race during the JFK and LBJ terms. There was a lot of government contracting throughout the 40s and 50s. I can see why Obama wants to 'tackle (the) explosion in federal contracts'. He wants a big, centralized government, and using private companies to perform government work does not follow his model.
     
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    No reason it couldn't.

    In fact, being able to hand out sweet highly profitable contracts to private industries gives those in charge of our government far more power than simply hiring government employees to do those tasks.

    Who do you suppose is making more money serving in Iraq?

    The guys in uniform, or the guys working for Blackwater?
     
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    Before we had Blackwater we had The Draft, with lots of people making low pay doing jobs that they were basically forced to do, like peeling potatoes and driving fuel trucks. They'd do their stint for two years then get government benefits for the rest of their lives. Is that what you prefer?
     
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    What does what I prefer have to do with the issue at hand, Glock?

    The question was which method of getting a job done give the POTUS greater (and more importantly, wealthier) political allies?

    The answer is obvious.

    By being able to grant very lucritive contracts to private corporations, the POTUS is able to buy a very potent political ally.

    And is this a good thing for our nation?

    I rather doubt it.

    Often what we see is that it ends up costing our nation far more to contract with a private company to get a job done, than it would to have government employees do it.

    Granting huge contracts to powerful corporations is the new patronage system.
     
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    That's your side of the argument for sure. Did you read the full story though? And there is more to this story that will air on NPR in the following days.

    So Bush, using the arguments you make, outsourced EVERYTHING to his buddies. And there is no official way to know, at least right now, if those Corporations did a good job or bad. I'm going to go out on a limb and say they did a bad job and wasted even more of our money, especially knowing what story is coming tomorrow. It's about the outsourced company the IRS used to collect taxes. They cost the government more than they brought in in taxes. So one of Bush's buddies got the no bid contract to collect taxes, raped our treasury of taxes, and did a lousy job.

    And Bush purposely spread our boys thin in Iraq/Afganistan so he could outsource to Blackwater.

    Also, notice in the story it says that Corporations did much more than cut grass. They made decisions for the government. Not good. And most of the Bushies appointed to run things like the Department of Homeland Security had very little oversite on these companies. In other words, they didn't know what the hell was going on.

    Actually, you should listen to the story on NPR, not just read what is said on their website, because a lot is left out on the web.

    Anyways, I was telling people that Bush/the GOP was bankrupting the treasury for 8 years and this was one of the ways he was doing it.

    Now you are seeing I was right. And just wait for all the facts to come out next year. You won't wonder why he wasn't impeached. You'll wonder why we didn't try him for treason. And you know what we do with traitors.
     
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    It's very simple. If they can show how outsourcing it will save money, do it. Cut grass? Sure, outsource it.

    But outsourcing our military so we are now in a war for profit? NO WAY!

    Why would Blackwater ever want this war to end.

    And when these contractors are costing the US taxpayers more?

    And when we find out they are making decisions for our government? Didn't our founding fathers warn about corporations getting too powerful? Now they run our government and/or make decisions for our government? No wonder they get away with polluting.

    This is why you don't let oil men run our energy policies

    This is why you don't have war mongers/defense contractors running the war.

    This is why you don't let Corporations control our EPA.

    ETC.

    Anyways, now we see the GOP's argument for smaller government was nothing but a ploy to empty the treasury.
     
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    Large contracts are open to all qualified bidders. As some one who used to work for a contractor preparing bids and negotiating contracts to provide services to government, I can attest that the process is arduous and open, at least at the county level. I can also attest that as a private corporation, we could, and did, perform these services at greatly reduced cost to the taxpayer, and still make a nice profit.
     
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    You should be happy I'm blaming only Bush. When I say Bush, I mean the leader of your party.

    And you all defended Bush when he was doing this, or you asked me to provide links, then denied the stories.

    The GOP was in complete collusion for the last 8 years. Sure The Maverick would vote against something every once in awhile, but Bush/Tom Delay got everything they wanted.

    Anyways, it is going to be a great 2009, because the truth is going to keep coming out. More next year after Bush has left office. But you will continue to stay on defense all through 2009 and the 2010 midterms are going to add up to even more losses for your party in both houses. Watch.

    And the savior is going to fix what you broke. Being an advocate of Bush, you bare some responsibility too for the fucking mess this country is in.
     

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