Government vs Private Industry: People Should Know Better

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    "The idea that private industry can always do something better than the government is false and sad and divisive," "People should know better." - so said a very brilliant and no nonsense man.

    Is he a socialist or a leftie?

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    The right is always trying to own the idea that they and their masters in private industry are the only ones who can do things --well right. Myth vs reality. Sorta like the idea that Ronald Reagan was a conservative with principles.
     
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    He's neither leftist or a socialist, he's just not got his sight fogged by partisan hackery. Who said it, by the way?
     
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    please name me 1 government program that is running flawlessly and not in the red.

    Cause I can name about 50 that are all broke and corrupt....51 if we are too add healthcare
     
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    There are certain things that gov't needs to do that cannot be done privately.
    But there are many things currently being done by gov't that could easily be done privately, at much better value for the taxpayer.
    Bureaucrats get power by having larger and larger responsibilities and the staff to carry them out. There is no incentive for efficiency. The very opposite. The more people it takes to do something, the more power the bureaucrat has.
    Business is the opposite. Businessmen get power by producing profits for their unit or division or company. The more profit they produce, the more power they get. It inherently means there are incentives to efficiency.
    So gov't will always be less efficient at delivering something than the private sector.
     
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    Seriously, after having to bail out the banks, and loan money to GM and Chrysler (twice), two of the largest corporations on the planet, in the private sector, you'd think republicans would get over this myth that the government is always worse than the private sector.

    The government really should have a larger role when it comes to the commons, utiities, and health care, fire and police, and that sort of thing. If it's life or death, and we have to have it, and not a choice, like buying a stereo or iPod, then the government needs to take a much larger regulatory role.

    I think we also see how badly an industry can screw up when you remove nearly all government regulation too, as we saw with allowing banks to combine with other financial entities, a big, big mistake.

    Regulation keeps the industry in line, just like regular laws keep people in line.
     
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    Um. Banks are among the most highly regulated institutions in this country. Have been since the 1930s.
    Government has been the problem, not absence of government.
    Please check your facts before posting idiocies.
     
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    You know how you can tell if someone is a total moron?

    They talk about "deregulation" in America in 2009 as if it was something real
     
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    Leonard Kleinrock - ARPANET...developer...

    :eusa_whistle:
     
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    name me one private industry that ever ran flawlessly. :lol:
     
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    Government is to provide an irreducible number of programs.

    Capital is to make a profit.

    The first is about morality, serving the people. The first must always regulate the second to make sure that competition is always healthy. Then the people will truly be served.
     
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