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In Paul Krugman’s Editorial he makes clear that the “privatized half way houses” that former private prison lobbyist Gov. Chris Christie champions are hell on earth. However, he reminds us that all of these “privatized governmental functions” rely only on taxpayer dollars and government money. There is no “competition” behind the job degradation involved. Plus, do you remember the kickback schemes and the Judges who went to prison in Pennsylvania for sending innocent teens as young as 11 years old to private prisons so their crony paymasters could pocket taxpayer dollars? Kids who were sent to the “privatized prisons” in Pennsylvania for crimes they did not commit committed suicide, were damaged beyond repair so that these private hell holes masquerading as governement services could suck dollars from taxpayers into the pockets of cynical rogues.
Great representation of Mammon aka “The God Money”. When fundamental government services are privatized to a provider that has, in fact, only the motivation of pocketing money and insuring that it has its maw sucking down taxpayer dollars, it is lobbyists who benefit. Not the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (and certainly not, Pennsylvania or New Jersey).
Granted, Beacon Hill is not subject to Open Meeting Laws, and is more and more “efficient” as in power is being consolidated and elected officials like Charley Murphy with a marine backbone and solid ego squeezed out – but at least in theory, one can vote out incumbents and just maybe, more incumbents, especially those who exhibit zeros in the spine department, will grow challengers. Once the experience, knowledge, counter-punch of a strong union are lost, they are not easily regained. No, privatization where taxpayer dollars line peoples pockets rather than provide solid services with true oversight is a loss for we the people, is not subject to market forces, and is, I submit a victory only for Mammon and the forces of greed and cynicism.