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Five privatization nightmares unfolding in USA — AlterNet

Shifting costs to other parts of government and the economy not truly saving money.

November 17, 2011: Using contractors costs more than using government employees, writes Dave Johnson for AlterNet. He also points to the direct link between privatization and government corruption, citing many outrageous examples. Johnson concludes by exposing how recent newsworthy privatization deals have already made things worse, prison scandals to secret health care reports and more.

"Who gains — and who loses — when public assets and jobs are turned over to the private sector?

The corporate right endlessly promotes 'privatization' of public assets and public jobs as a cash-raising or cost-saving measure. Privatization is when the public turns over assets like airports, roads or buildings, or contracts out a public function like trash collection to a private company. Many cities contract out their trash collection. To raise cash Arizona even sold its state capital building and leased it back..."

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Posted: November 23, 2011

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