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  • What Happens When Libertarian Fantasies Become Reality?

    08/10/2014 8:07:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 10, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    No, this post is not about that kind of fantasy. Instead, we’re dealing strictly with public policy and specifically addressing whether the libertarian agenda is unrealistic. This is because when I talk to people about libertarianism, they often will say something mildly supportive such as: “I like the idea of getting government out of my wallet and out of my bedroom.” But then the other shoe drops and they say something skeptical such as: “But you folks are too idealistic in thinking the private sector can do everything.” If you ask them to elaborate why libertarian ideas are fantasies, you’ll...
  • The Town that Privatized Everything

    06/27/2014 9:14:16 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 63 replies
    Sandy Springs, Georgia may look like any other town in America. It has parks, roads, and beautiful places to live. But there’s one thing that separates this town from every other town: Sandy Springs privatized almost everything. In 2005, Sandy Springs outsourced almost all functions of the city government (with the exception of police and fire) to a single company, which runs the town. That company is in charge of running all the vital functions of government, from the running the parks, to paving the roads, and even 911 calls! The town is run very efficiently, with zero backlogs in...
  • Union Embraces More Outsourcing - But still protests when schools do it

    07/09/2014 7:55:49 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/5/2014 | Michael Van Beek
    The Michigan Education Association is a large critic of school boards hiring private companies to provide noninstructional services, such as custodial, food and transportation. But the union uses this often fiscally responsible practice itself, as the Mackinac Center for Public Policy has documented several times in the past. The most recent example is revealed in this video that features MEA employees attesting to how great outsourcing their dues collection services was. In it, MEA representatives admit that their "in-house" attempts to collect dues were "not reliable, and inaccurate." They also admit that their accounting was shoddy — apparently the union...
  • The VA, The NHS And Choice

    05/22/2014 7:29:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 22, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    PORTSTEWART, Northern Ireland -- President Obama Wednesday replayed a familiar scenario when dealing with scandal, in this case delays for treatment, deaths, alleged cover-ups and other acts of malfeasance reported at Veterans Administration hospitals in the United States: first express outrage, next announce an investigation and then say he won't comment on the scandal until the results of the investigation are in, promising people will be held "accountable," if they violated the law. Good luck with that. Meanwhile, critics are using the VA scandal to indict Obamacare. They believe what is occurring at VA hospitals is a preview of coming...
  • Rethinking Federal Highway and Transit Funding

    05/20/2014 10:06:25 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Cato Institute ^ | May 6, 2014 | Chris Edwards
    Mr. Chairman and members of the committee, thank you for inviting me to testify today regarding the federal role in highway and transit funding.Federal policymakers are considering ways to close the large funding gap in the Highway Trust Fund. One option would be to reduce spending and downsize the federal role in transportation. That approach would encourage state governments to pursue their own innovative solutions for highways and transit, such as new types of user charges, public-private partnerships, and privatization.Federal aid programs for highways and transit have many shortcomings. Aid redistributes transportation funds between the states in ways that are...
  • Postal workers unions protest Staples program

    04/24/2014 11:32:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 24, 2014 2:16 PM EDT
    Postal workers around the country protested in front of Staples stores on Thursday, objecting to the U.S. Postal Service’s pilot program to open counters in stores, staffed with retail employees. […] In Washington, D.C., more than 200 people gathered at a Staples, drumming on buckets and holding signs that read: “Stop Staples. The US Mail is Not for Sale.” One of them, postal service maintenance mechanic Robert Black, called the pilot program “a back-door way of privatizing the post office” and taking away jobs from postal workers. “It seems as though they are doing whatever they can to break down...
  • Want to Abolish Abortion? Privatize It

    04/18/2014 11:59:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 18, 2014 | Gabriella Hoffman
    The Left’s favorite holiday has thankfully come and gone. As Americans filed their taxes this year, many were astonished to discover certain medical expenses now qualify for tax deductions. When going through the list, one can find birth control pills and abortion listed. The IRS form reads, “You can include in medical expenses the amount you pay for a legal abortion.” Is human life so expendable it can be written off? For a movement that begrudges tax deductions, this is ironic and equally alarming. Undoubtedly, the Obama administration is favorable to the abortion lobby and eager to fund them through...
  • 100 million Royal Mail shares traded in just one hour: Frenzy as value leaps by £1 billion…

    10/13/2013 11:11:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 05:01 EST, 12 October 2013 | Matt Chorley
    More than 100 million Royal Mail shares were traded within 60 minutes of the former monopoly floating on the stock market yesterday. Their price jumped instantly from £3.30, the sale price set by ministers, to £4.50, allowing critics to say the Government had chronically undervalued the business. The price closed at £4.55—a 38 percent increase on the opening price. The 378-year-old company looks set to join the FTSE index of Britain’s 100 biggest listed companies, joining household names from BP to Prudential and Vodafone to Diageo. …
  • Millions to profit from Royal Mail shares as Labour insists sale too cheap

    10/08/2013 12:27:03 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10:00PM BST 07 Oct 2013 | Christopher Hope, Louise Armitstead and Steve Hawkes
    Small investors who have applied for shares in Royal Mail could be sitting on a profit of hundreds of pounds, according to early City forecasts. A late rush has pushed demand to levels experienced during the privatizations of the late Eighties when British Gas and other state industries were sold off. … Chuka Umunna, the shadow business secretary, renewed his calls for the sale to be pulled because the shares were too cheap. He said: “The Government should never have valued the company so low in the first place. It appears to be selling it at an undervalue. The Government...
  • What We Can Learn from Singapore

    09/21/2013 6:36:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 21, 2013 | John C. Goodman
    In 1984, Singapore instituted a revolutionary idea: a system of compulsory saving for medical expenses. That was the same year my colleagues and I at the National Center for Policy Analysis introduced the idea of Health Savings Accounts in this country.After almost three decades, Singapore has now come to the attention of a lot others, including a book by Brookings, and a whole slew of posts by bloggers.At the risk of disappointing you, Singapore does not have a free market for health care. What it does have is an alternative to the European/American welfare state, in which private saving and...
  • Post workers to vote on whether to strike in run-up to Christmas over plans to privatize Royal Mail

    09/03/2013 8:56:02 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 17:54 EST, 2 September 2013 | Sara Malm
    Britain's militant postal union yesterday warned of “inevitable” strikes as the dispute over plans to privatize Royal Mail becomes increasingly bitter. … Despite the union’s upcoming ballot, the Government said it will not alter its decision to sell shares in Royal Mail in this financial year. The Royal Mail said industrial action, or the possibility of disruption, was damaging to the business, especially in the run-up to Christmas, which is the busiest time for the company. …
  • Courts may be privatized to save Ministry of Justice £1 billion (UK)

    05/28/2013 1:45:49 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8:15AM BST 28 May 2013 | Ben Bryant
    The courts may be privatized in a justice shake-up that could save the Ministry of Justice £1 billion ($1.51 billion) a year. The plans would free the courts from Treasure control, placing court buildings and thousands of staff in the hands of private companies. … Fears that privatization would erode the independence of the courts would be allayed by placing the courts under a Royal Charter, as has been proposed for the regulation of the press. …
  • RAHN: Privatize almost everything: With money running low, government functions become inviable

    05/01/2013 5:35:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 05/01/2013 | By Richard Rahn
    As a mental challenge, try to think of all of the governmental activities — federal, state and local — that could be privatized. Now, go a step further. Suppose you were required to develop a plan to privatize, or make self-supporting through user fees, nearly every activity of government. Could you or a group of your friends do it? Try it. I expect your success will surprise you. The reason this is relevant is because most governments will reach their borrowing limits in the not-too-distant future, which means they will have to operate on current revenue from taxes and fees....
  • Egypt’s president says no more privatization (of state-owned companies)

    04/30/2013 10:15:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 30, 2013 9:24 AM EDT
    Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi says that there will be no further privatization of state-owned companies. … Egypt privatized key companies in the 1990s under Mubarak, but the program stalled in recent years. Critics say the sales were tainted by corruption. …
  • (UK) Royal Mail to be sold off by next April in biggest privatization for over two decades

    04/25/2013 8:37:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6:58PM BST 25 Apr 2013 | Christopher Hope
    People will be offered the chance to buy shares in Royal Mail in the next 12 months, ministers have told MPs. The formal announcement from Business minister Michael Fallon starts the clock on what is set to be the biggest privatization for over 20 years. … Royal Mail is expected to raise between £2 billion ($3.1 billion) and £3 billion ($4.6 billion) when it is privatized. Any selloff will rival the “Tell Sid” privatizations of British Gas and BP in the mid-1980s Thatcher government. …
  • Privatization Shellacs Obamacare Model

    02/25/2013 8:20:25 AM PST · by CharlesMartelsGhost · 5 replies
    American Spectator ^ | February 25, 2013 | David Catron
    An excruciating irony of Obamacare is that its architects modeled many of its features after the UK’s National Health Service (NHS). The NHS is a classic system of socialized medicine, and a monumental failure by any objective standard. Yet many of its features were enthusiastically built into the “Affordable Care Act.” The most obvious example is Obamacare’s rationing committee, the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), which was consciously made in the image of Great Britain’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). And lest you think I exaggerate the failures of the NHS, you can verify my characterization by...
  • Obama's Social Security Games Make Case For Private Pensions

    01/16/2013 7:47:45 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 3 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 15 Jan 2012 | Editorial
    Politics: President Obama threatened Social Security checks would be delayed if Congress didn't play ball on the debt ceiling. Once again, he turned pensions into a political football. There are ways to stop this. Americans should know: Social Security payments won't be affected by debt-ceiling talks, and Obama knows it. Still, it's not as if the Social Security system is healthy. In a Page 1 story Monday, IBD's Jed Graham reported that 2013 marks the first year new Social Security retirees will outlive the trust fund. Their benefits will be slashed 25% as the system goes bust in 2033. So...
  • Thousands in Spain protest health privatization

    12/17/2012 5:21:08 PM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/17/12 | Harold Heckle, Associated Press | Associated Press
    MADRID (AP) -- Several thousand Spanish public health workers and other people marched from four main hospitals in Madrid to converge on a main square in the capital Sunday, protesting the regional government's plans to restructure and part-privatize the sector. The marches, described as a "white tide" because of the color of the medical scrubs many were wearing, finally met mid-afternoon in Puerta del Sol. On Monday, the region's health councilor will meet with a committee responsible for coordinating professional services and union representatives to try and agree how to achieve €533 million ($697 million) in savings. Doctors, nurses and...
  • How Dewey Bartlett Balanced Tulsa's Budget without Raising Taxes

    12/10/2012 1:30:23 PM PST · by FreedomPoster · 3 replies
    Reason TV ^ | Dec 10, 2012 | Len Gilroy and Sharif Matar
    Video is here. When Mayor Dewey Bartlett took office on December 7, 2009, Tulsa, Oklahoma was in its worst budget crisis since the Great Depression. "We would have probably had to file for bankruptcy," Bartlett tells Reason TV. "It certainly got us focused on how to run a government better." With a $10 million budget shortfall and employee compensation spiraling out of control, thinkng about layoffs was just the beginning. Bartlett schooled himself about the budget and decided to focus "on things a government really should do and also make a decision on what a government really doesn't need to...
  • Path to Liberty | Privatization or Back to the Plantation?

    07/30/2012 10:52:52 PM PDT · by NaturalBornConservative · 1 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | JULY 29, 2012 | Larry Walker Jr
    “Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know...
  • Economic Uncertainty Leading to Global Unrest

    08/09/2011 4:53:29 PM PDT · by dragnet2 · 48 replies
    CNBC ^ | 8/9/2011
    <p>The protests have now spread to other cities, with violence reported in parts of Birmingham, Liverpool and Bristol.</p> <p>Great Britain and other parts of the world are experiencing unrest at a time of global economic uncertainty and stock market volatility.</p>
  • Russia: Medvedev doubles down on "modernization"

    08/06/2011 10:29:17 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 9 replies
    AFPC Russia Reform Monitor ^ | 8/5/2011 | Ilan Berman and Amanda Pitrof, eds.
    The majority of Russians remain dissatisfied with the progress of democratization in Russia, a new poll has found. The Moscow Times reports that 62 percent of people recently polled in an All-Russia Public Opinion Research Centre survey answered that they are “dissatisfied with the development of democracy in Russia.” This number, however, is down marginally from the 73 percent who were dissatisfied with domestic conditions twenty years ago. Meanwhile, those who believe the country is showing progress are largely supporters of the ruling "United Russia" party, are under 45 years of age, and generally active Internet users. [Editors’ Note: Given...
  • Privatizing the police will lower crime and prevent brutality

    07/09/2011 1:49:36 PM PDT · by mainestategop · 17 replies
    MAINESTATEGOP ^ | Mainestategop
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRjKWq4NRdkThis is going to be politically correct and albeit offensive to some but tax payer funded police DOES NOT WORK. Like other positions in government there is no incentive that exists for employees to do good most in fact tag along for free handouts from the taxpayers. Add to this liberal communists in power expect us to be solely dependent on them for assistance. Our founding fathers NEVER expected us to be fully dependent on them. This is one of the reasons we have the 2nd amendment. The other thing is that government control means more of an attachment and...
  • Republicans Agree To Revenue Increases In Deficit Talks

    07/06/2011 6:09:33 PM PDT · by familyop · 191 replies
    VERTEXNews/Newsroom Solutions,Nexstar Broadcasting,OzarksFirst.com ^ | July 06 2011 | VERTEXNews/Newsroom Solutions,Nexstar Broadcasting,OzarksFirst.com
    (Washington, DC) -- Republican congressional leaders are reportedly agreeing to billions of dollars in revenue increases as federal deficit discussions continue. Republican Senator Jon Kyl announced the move today saying revenue increases don't necessarily mean tax hikes. On the Senate floor Kyl said, quote, "If the government sells something and gets revenue from it, that's revenue." He also suggested user fees for government services could provide additional revenue. He says all the revenue increases Republicans have agreed to amount to between 150 billion and 200 billion dollars.
  • Sen. Kyl: GOP Open To $150-$200 Billion In Revenue Increases As Part Of Debt Deal

    07/06/2011 6:25:22 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 36 replies
    Dow Jones ^ | 2011-07-06
    WASHINGTON (Dow Jones) - U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl (R., Ariz.) said that Republicans are open to between $150 billion to $200 billion in increased federal revenues as part of an agreement to cut federal deficits in a bid to smooth the passage of a debt ceiling increase. But Kyl said these figures didn't include closing any of the business tax deductions that Democrats have been pushing for, saying instead the total was reached by increasing fees charged to entities regulated by the federal government or sales of federal-owned property. "I have characterized those as things like fee increases, revenue from...
  • Rick Perry: Drawing the Lines Clearly

    06/25/2011 2:28:50 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 84 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 25, 2011 | Peter Heck
    Rick Perry may just be the guy. The country's longest tenured governor, from its second-largest state, is generating a lot of buzz in conservative circles as he contemplates entering the wide open Republican presidential primary. There are plenty of reasons that Perry is an attractive option: he is a no-nonsense decision-maker with solid conservative credentials. A man who not only speaks about family values, but lives them, Perry's power to persuade voters to see things his way is proven -- battle-tested in a state known for independent-minded citizens. But what serious political analysts on both sides of the aisle will...
  • Lawmakers advance bill to remove Trans-Texas Corridor wording from state statutes

    05/25/2011 10:07:49 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Austin American-Statesman ^ | May 24, 2011 | Ben Wear
    Will the governor sign the death certificate for his brainchild? The House unanimously voted late Monday to accept Senate changes to House Bill 1201, Rep. Lois Kolkhorst's legislation that would remove all references to the Trans-Texas Corridor from state statutes. And, oh yes, allow an 85 mph speed limit on certain roads completed after June. The bill now goes to Gov. Rick Perry for his signature, or his veto. For now, the only road likely to qualify for the 85 mph limit will be the southern 40 miles of the Texas 130 tollway, now under construction between the southeast outskirts...
  • Reform That Works

    05/17/2011 6:37:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 17, 2011 | Staff
    Government: Social Security, according to a just-released Trustee report, is now "permanently cash negative." But for any who think saving citizens' retirements is impossible, take a look at what's been done in Galveston, Texas. Thirty years ago, tiny Galveston opted out of the entire Social Security system for its county employees and introduced private accounts. It was the brainchild of a county judge, Ray Holbrook, and a few other officials, who took a good look at the parlous state of Social Security in the late 1970s and came up with an "Alternate Plan" of privately managed personal accounts they believed...
  • Chile's Private Social Security System Turns 30

    May Day — socialists' paean to class warfare — evokes memories of Soviet tanks in Red Square and leftist radicals rioting. But Chile celebrates the actual empowerment of workers. May 1 marks the 30 years since Chile became the first nation to privatize its social security system. By turning workers into investors, the move solved an entitlement crisis much like the one America faces today. "I like symbols, so I chose May Day as the birth date of Chile's 'ownership society' that allowed every worker to become a small capitalist," wrote Jose Pinera, former secretary of labor and social security...
  • Long Shot: NASA Contractor Could Keep Flying Space Shuttles (Plan to Continue for 5 Years)

    04/27/2011 6:08:18 AM PDT · by PeaceBeWithYou · 1 replies
    Space.com ^ | April, 14, 2011 | Denise Chow
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – While NASA is already planning the particulars of how to retire its space shuttles —– including announcing this week which museums will get to display them — a bid to continue flying the orbiters as a commercial service is still in the works, even if it is considered a long shot, SPACE.com has learned. United Space Alliance (USA), a prime NASA contractor, is working on a plan to commercially fly the Atlantis and Endeavour space shuttles twice a year following the construction of a new external fuel tank. The idea was first discussed in February but...
  • Libertarians say Paul Ryan is worse than Bill Clinton

    04/05/2011 8:27:51 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 70 replies
    The Libertarian Party ^ | April 5, 2011 | The Libertarian Party
    WASHINGTON - In response to House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's new budget proposal, Libertarian Party Chair Mark Hinkle issued the following statement today: "Americans hoping to get real about our national debt just got sucker-punched by Republican Paul Ryan. "Republicans want to spend $40 trillion over ten years. That averages a staggering $4 trillion per year. As recently as 2000, federal spending was only about $1.8 trillion. "They also want to increase the federal debt from $15.0 trillion to $23.1 trillion. I hope our children and grandchildren enjoy paying interest on that extra $8.1 trillion. "People should not judge...
  • Paul Ryan responds to distortions and demagogueries: "Shame on them for doing it"

    04/05/2011 3:19:52 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 28 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4-5-11 | Jeff Poor
    It was certain to attract this sort of response, but Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan released his budget plan going forward that includes some sweeping changes to federal expenditures, including entitlement spending. One of those criticisms came from Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman New York Rep. Steve Israel. On Tuesday, immediately following Ryan’s release, Israel called it a “privatization scheme” and blasted it for addressing subsidies to oil companies. However, in a speech at the American Enterprise Institute on Tuesday, Ryan fired back, admitting he saw this coming and called such criticisms “distortions and demagogueries.” Ryan specifically called out Israel...
  • About Chile's 'Miracle'

    03/21/2011 5:21:27 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | March 21, 2011 | Staff
    Economy: President Obama had nothing but praise for Chile's democracy and economic miracle, declaring it a model "for the region and world." So why is he obstructing the same reforms in the U.S. that gave Chile its success? Arriving Monday in Santiago on the second leg of his Latin American tour, the president told El Mercurio he picked Chile as one of his three stops because: "The Chilean experience, and more particularly its successful democratic transition and sustained economic growth, is a model for the region and the world. ... It is also a powerful example of how the opportunities...
  • Bill O’Reilly Cranky That Governor Palin Ended His Interruptions (Ted Baxter bruised ego)

    03/12/2011 5:57:54 AM PST · by Bigtigermike · 78 replies
    Conservatives 4 Palin ^ | Saturday March 12, 2011 | Stacy Drake
    This evening, Bill O’Reilly took a shot at Governor Palin on his show regarding the last interview he conducted with her. If you recall, the governor rightly put an end to O’Reilly’s annoying habit of interruption, by reminding him that he was indeed interrupting her. As you can imagine, Bill’s ego suffered a bit of a bruising from the governor’s action. On tonight’s episode of The O’Reilly Factor, Bill spoke with Chis Wallace to make himself feel better about it all. He compared his behavior as a media personality, with that of Chris Wallace, stating that it is mandatory for...
  • Bolivia cuts retirement age, nationalizes pensions

    12/03/2010 9:28:25 PM PST · by Cardhu · 14 replies
    Business Week via AP ^ | December 3rd 2010, | CARLOS VALDEZ
    LA PAZ, Bolivia Bucking a global trend, leftist-led Bolivia is lowering its retirement age and nationalizing its pension funds. Bolivia's Congress approved legislation early Friday to make Bolivians eligible for full pensions at age 58. The country's 70,000 miners will get to retire two years earlier. The previous retirement age was 65 for men and 60 for women. Bolivia's decision to lower its retirement age runs counter to a global trend to raise retirement ages as life expectancies rise, birth rates drop and national treasuries come under strain from pension obligations. France raised its minimum retirement age to 62 last...
  • TSA Union Applauds Ending of Airport Privatization Program

    01/28/2011 9:38:25 PM PST · by Jubal Harshaw · 21 replies
    Earth Times ^ | Sat, 29 Jan 2011 | American Federation of Government Employees
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The American Federation of Government Employees today praised Transportation Security Administration Administrator John Pistole for putting a stop to the privatization of this country's airport screening function, also known as the Screening Partnership Program (SPP). "The nation is secure in the sense that the safety of our skies will not be left in the hands of the lowest-bidder contractor, as it was before 9/11" AFGE National President John Gage said. "We applaud Administrator Pistole for recognizing the value in a cohesive federalized screening system and workforce." Airports have had the option of opting out of...
  • David Cameron accused of destroying NHS with privatisation plans (UK's Commiecare™)

    01/17/2011 6:23:23 PM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Mirror ^ | 1/17/11 | Jason Beattie
    David Cameron accused of destroying NHS with privatisation plansby Jason Beattie, Daily Mirror 17/01/2011 DOCTORS last night accused David Cameron of plotting to smash up the NHS as he sets out plans to rush through privatisation of the historic public service. Critics fear the move will lead to closed hospitals, lengthy waiting lists, rationed medicines and a steep decline in the quality of care for patients. And staff warn health reforms he will put before Parliament on Wednesday will spell the end of the NHS as we know it in a kick in the teeth for the dedicated staff who...
  • Anger as a Private Company Takes Over Libraries

    09/27/2010 8:27:04 AM PDT · by Qbert · 33 replies
    NYT ^ | 9/27/2010 | David Streitfeld
    SANTA CLARITA, Calif. — A private company in Maryland has taken over public libraries in ailing cities in California, Oregon, Tennessee and Texas, growing into the country’s fifth-largest library system. The basic pitch that the company Library Systems & Services makes to cities is that it fixes broken libraries — often by cleaning house. Now the company, Library Systems & Services, has been hired for the first time to run a system in a relatively healthy city, setting off an intense and often acrimonious debate about the role of outsourcing in a ravaged economy. A $4 million deal to run...
  • Fixing Social Security (Many don't support privatization, but there are few other options)

    08/18/2010 4:07:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/18/2010 | Michael Tanner
    So, President Obama believes that Republican leaders are “pushing to make privatizing Social Security a key part of their legislative agenda if they win a majority in Congress this fall.” To which one responds, “If only!” There is no doubt that Social Security desperately needs reform. Social Security is already running a temporary deficit, and that deficit will turn permanent in just five years. In theory, the Social Security Trust Fund will pay benefits until 2037. That’s not much comfort to today’s 35-year-olds, who will face a 27 percent cut in benefits unless the program is reformed before they retire....
  • The Strengthen Social Security Campaign (Privatization is a crime - protect Big Gubmint bankruptcy)

    08/06/2010 8:03:04 PM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Seeing The Forest ^ | 7/31/10 | Dave Johnson
    The Strengthen Social Security Campaignby Dave Johnson Social Security is once again under attack. Time after time Social Security has come under attack. Do you remember the Bush "privatization" campaign a few years ago? Each time the attack uses a different myth, repeated over and over. Then, in between attacks, the myths continue circulating. This time they're trying to make people think that Social Security contributes to the budget deficit. It doesn't. They say this because so many people are worried about budget deficits. If polling showed that people were worried that their arms are going to turn into green...
  • The Republicans' Achilles heel

    07/24/2010 2:39:15 AM PDT · by Scanian · 27 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 24, 2010 | MAGGIE GALLAGHER
    If there is a dark cloud gathering on Republicans' cheery electoral prospects for this fall, it's this: the GOP's support of privatizing Social Security. Item: Sharron Angle is in some trouble in the Nevada Senate race. The latest poll has Harry Reid ahead 44 to 37 percent. Of course, Reid is in trouble, too. Only 44 percent of voters say they'll hold their noses and vote for him. But he is already banking, among other things, on Angle's statements that she wants to get rid of Social Security by totally privatizing it. His "What's Next?" TV ads highlight for seniors...
  • Some Schools Saving Money and Improving Service

    06/14/2010 1:41:33 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies · 156+ views
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/14/2010 | Tom Gantert
    In the Oxford Community Schools this year, the classrooms were cleaned every other day due to attrition in the unionized ranks of the custodial staff. Starting next year, the classrooms will be cleaned every day, they will have nine extra custodians, and the school district will save $5 million over the next five years, according to school officials. William Skilling, the Oxford superintendent, said by privatizing custodial services, the district saw overall expenses go from between $17 to $20 an hour with the unions to $9 to $11 an hour with private contractors. They also were able to increase the...
  • School Union Brags of Ballot Box Revenge Against Outsourcing

    05/12/2010 6:28:47 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies · 196+ views
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/12/2010 | Tom Gantert
    Last year, Paul Mayers was a school custodian employed by the Durand Area Public Schools. But in December, Mayers' job was outsourced to PCMI, which hired him back at the same salary wage but reduced benefits. This month, Mayers ran for the school board and won. He takes office July 1. His victory sets up an interesting scenario involving unions and their opposition to outsourcing at public schools. Does Mayers, a former union president, move to try to get his new board members to restore his old job, even though the school administration claims the move to privatize the cooks...
  • N.J. Gov. Chris Christie plans privatization of as many as 2,000 state jobs

    03/11/2010 10:19:33 AM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies · 819+ views
    nj.com ^ | 3/11/10 | Statehouse Bureau Staff
    TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie Thursday will create a commission to privatize as many as 2,000 state jobs beginning next January, officials said tonight. As he grapples with an $11 billion deficit in the budget he will present on Tuesday, Christie is also considering invoking the Disaster Control Act to suspend Civil Service rules to make it easier for him to lay off higher paid workers, according to two administration officials. The Republican governor today plans to sign an executive order creating the task force to cut the size and cost of the state payroll. Three officials familiar with his...
  • Cato Scholar: Private Accounts the Only Answer on Social Security, Pensions

    02/23/2010 9:42:44 AM PST · by 198ml · 9 replies · 427+ views
    Business and Media Institute ^ | 02/23/10 | Anthony Kang
    Americans have been so bombarded with the word “crisis,” it appears to have lost all meaning. But distinguished scholar the Cato Institute, there is a real, serious crisis pending in America’s addiction to entitlement programs, government-dependence, and imaginary “rights” to live off future generations. “You will have to look into the future, do the responsible thing, and begin moving toward a system of personal accounts. That is the only long-term solution,” said Jose Pinera of America’s social security and pension system. Pinera knows what he’s talking about – he’s the architect of social security reform in Chile. Introducing a recent...
  • Federal panel warns NASA against private space alternatives

    01/21/2010 7:12:01 PM PST · by DesScorp · 14 replies · 466+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 1-20-2010 | ANDY PASZTOR
    A key U.S. aerospace panel warned that NASA could run into serious safety challenges if it relies on private companies to ferry astronauts into space in the near future. The Obama administration has been devising a plan to outsource a chunk of its manned space program to private companies in order to speed up rocket development, save money and focus federal dollars on longer-term expeditions. But a report released last week by the Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel, an outside safety watchdog for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, cautioned that the private space companies rely on "unsubstantiated claims" and need...
  • Alberta picks panel to fix health rules; critics say more privatization on way (Canada)

    09/01/2009 9:22:23 PM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies · 656+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 9/01/09 | Dean Bennett
    Alberta picks panel to fix health rules; critics say more privatization on wayTue Sep 1, 4:33 PM By Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press EDMONTON - Alberta is taking the first step to overhaul its health laws - including redefining public care - but Health Minister Ron Liepert stresses the move is not a stalking horse to introduce more privatization. "Some of our provincial legislation that guides our health-care system is around 100 years old, much of it designed around the system and not the patient," Liepert said Tuesday. "We need a system in place that moves the patient from the...
  • Free the Mails [it's time to privatize USPS]

    08/29/2009 12:15:42 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 28 replies · 1,049+ views
    CATO / The American Spectator ^ | 2009-08-28 | Chris Edwards & Tad Dehaven
    Yet another giant company has plunging sales, soaring debt, and is weighed down by massive labor costs. Will taxpayers have to pay for another federal bailout? Alas, it's already in the cards because this company is the U.S. Postal Service, which has estimated losses of $7 billion this year. With email grabbing ever more market share from snail mail, USPS's finances are steadily deteriorating. What should federal policymakers do? They can't give USPS the General Motors treatment and nationalize it, because it's already government-owned. And they can't reform postal markets with a "public option" because that's what the USPS already...
  • Dear USPS: Consider privatizing

    08/03/2009 4:52:06 PM PDT · by iowamark · 16 replies · 589+ views
    Fortune ^ | 08/03/2009 | Jia Lynn Yang
    As the use of first-class mail plunges, the U.S. Postal Service has a huge overcapacity, but it needs Congressional approval to cut back. NEW YORK (Fortune) -- The U.S. Postal Service is losing money so quickly you'd think it somehow got mixed up in the subprime mortgage business. It's on track this year for an operating loss of between $6 billion and $12 billion, debt surpassing $10 billion, and a $1 billion cash shortfall. For any business, those are some ugly numbers. And yet the USPS is not quite a typical business, and therein lies the problem... But many experts...
  • Cash-Strapped Cities Try Private Guards Over Police

    04/20/2009 5:59:39 PM PDT · by zaphod3000 · 35 replies · 823+ views
    WSJ ^ | Apr 20, 2009 | Bobby White
    Facing pressure to crack down on crime amid a record budget deficit, Oakland is joining other U.S. cities that are turning over more law-enforcement duties to private armed guards. The City Council recently voted to hire International Services Inc., a private security agency, to patrol crime-plagued districts. While a few Oakland retail districts previously have pooled cash to pay for unarmed security services, using public funds to pay for private armed guards would mark a first for the city. Hiring private guards is less expensive than hiring new officers. Oakland -- facing a record $80 million budget shortfall -- spends...