Monday, June 08, 2009

More Privatization of Our Military?

Senator John Thune (R-South Dakota) has come up with an idea for how to make our government run better. Unfortunately, it's an absolutely stupid idea. He claims that private sector businesses are being unfairly forced to compete with the federal government. That initially piqued my interest, because I come from a family of with lots of business owners. When I read his comments, though, I realized that it was just another b.s. claim from a Republican politician. According to him,

When American consumers need to find a service, they turn to the Yellow Pages, or more likely today, the Internet. However, more and more federal agencies are duplicating services that are readily available in the private sector which not only unnecessarily increases the size of the federal workforce, but directly competes with main street businesses across the country. This creates unnecessary competition for private businesses and prevents the federal government from focusing its attention on more critical functions.

I have introduced a bill, the Freedom from Government Competition Act (S. 1167), that would require the federal government to rely on the private sector when providing services that are readily available. This legislation does not mandate the privatization of any federal service, but instead codifies the “Yellow Pages” test, which says that if a federal service can also be found in the Yellow Pages, that service or product should be subject to market competition. Studies have shown that such competition could save taxpayers up to $28 billion annually.

(From The Hill blog)

This isn't a new idea. President Bush's administration applied it in abundance with the war in Iraq. We're still dealing with the adverse consequences of that particular decision. We have multiple soldiers who have died because they were electrocuted from shoddy work performed by supposedly competent companies. We have private military contractors mercenaries and soldiers of fortune who perform alongside the U.S. military, but aren't subject to the same chain of command. It's been an absolute debacle.

Now, Thune wants to expand this practice? Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?


Salspua said...

Sadly, it's about corporate profit, not the well-being of human beings. It's all insanity.

BLESSD1 said...

You hit this one dead-on. I'd bet dollars to doughnuts that several of the companies that he's allying himself with have their hands all in his back-pockets