A long, long, time ago a guy by the name of Nixon sat down and spoke about the privatization of health care. The topic was "HMO's". Nixon opposed the idea and thought it would be odd to give corporations the ability to decide what level of care is necessary to remain profitable. But Nixon will forever be remembered as a thief and liar. So piss on him.
There was this other guy that people called Ike. He warned us of the military industrial complex. Nobody really understood what the hell he was talking about. He was old, and leaving his term as president. He was probably just grouchy. Who cares if our military outsources work. If they are paying someone else to do the dirty work, they must be saving money and freeing up troops. What the hell would a General know about military work anyway. Piss on him.
Privatizing makes money! It's good for the economy. Why have departments playing around with Federal aid money when we can gamble it into stocks and make some REAL MONEY. Think of all the jobs we can generate from that money. Moneys not the only thing that matters in a corporation. There is also ... well ...
That takes me to Fannie and Freddie. Two agencies started to help out people in danger of losing their homes. It was a good idea, and it was assembled during the depression when people really, really, needed it. Then in 1970 the decision was made to let these agencies gamble the governments aid money. So how does an agency that offers aid do "well"? They bail out more people and spend more money. But those people we helped will pay us back, right? Oh wait. They're broke. And now so are we.
Now the bad news. Who is going to bail them out? You are. Your tax-payer funds. I feel the governments pain on this one, because they don't want the innocents who *work* for these agencies to be laid off. These folks were actually doing their jobs. But what about the CEO's who squandered funds in large amounts to bad investments? Shouldn't they be held accountable for these actions? No. Rather, they are asking for 24 million which they have "earned" in severance pay. And who is paying their severance? YOU ARE.
Why do I bring this all up? Because while people are watching Sarah Palin play with her glasses and grapple guns in Newsweek - issue like this don't even make the front page.
See for yourself.
When will we learn that "corporations" are not the answer to anything but greed and corruption?