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    Who here understands why it is wrong for the Federal Government to compete with the private sector.
     
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    I'll give you an example of where the federal government didn't compete and why . In the early 70's I lived on a military base that was big enough to house probably 10 to 15,000 people . Complete with schools , stores , hospitals , etc. The base was only at about 25% capacity when I lived there and eventually was all but abandoned . The surounding towns petitioned the government to give the base to them , saying they could use the schools , hospitals , and fill up the houses with low income people . The government said no because it would have destroyed the local real estate markets , the constuction industry , etc . You can't have a tax payer subsidized government entity competing with private industry because the government takes business away from people that would normally get that business if the government weren't involved .
     
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    Because the industry, whatever it is, necessarily evolves toward a government owned monopoly.
     
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    That is one example. Very good.
     
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    Yes. But think of it this way.

    I (the government) own a bar and can set the prices of liquor against you, another bar owner.

    Seeing as I can set the price, it would be an easy matter for Me to price you right out of business thereby setting up a monopoly.
     
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    You mean like the Postal Service?
     
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    Yes

    They have long held a monopoly on regular mail and pretty much still do.

    As for priority mail, they got into that market a bit late, so they're not there yet. Evolution can be very slow. :D
     
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    Much like FedEx and UPS getting into the letter business. They were late to the notion and really can't compete. Even though the Postal Service is seriously mismanaged and on the verge of bankruptcy. Which is what any public option in health will be after a few years of mismanagement.

    But the real key here is the Federal Government competing in the private sector. Where does it end? And can you imagine the conflicts of interest when Government competes with private?

    After all, who is going to police the government? Social Security is absolute proof that government cannot police itself.
     
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    :rolleyes:

    The people police the government. Almost no one polices private industry.

    What a hoot, the Postal Service is a failure therefore we should fear the government competing with private industry. :lol:
     
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    The Postal Service is being proped up against failure thereby giving them an unfair advantage over any competitor. Thats a hoot to you? You have a twisted sense of humor if that is the case.

    The people DO NOT police the government as witnessed by the past 40 years. Just look at what happened this August past. Leaders of the government, knowing full well that the public has turned against their public option have given over to ridicule of the citizenry and are now speaking of 'muscling' legislation through in opposition to public opinion.

    And lets not forget that the congress, not that long ago, was prepared to write laws that targeted specific individuals because they didn't like that they were having their contracts fulfilled.

    And then there is the matter of salaries. Who decides those? The people? How about bribes? The Congress merrily goes about bribing each other on a daily basis and when called on it, they make platitudes. Kind of like Obama who would not sign any bill that had bribes in it. Yet he has.

    Are you going to tell Me that you cannot see a moral hazard in having the Federal Government compete with the private sector?
     

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