Yes, that is right. There was a big lie sold to the American people and mainstream media keeps feeding that lie. Reagan with his ‘government is the problem’ and ‘free market is the answer’ started this big lie. He managed to sell our whole country on the premise that government is the problem and the only way to solve that problem is to ‘privatize’ all of government and let the private market take over. Of course, this is a lie.
You are probably saying right now, that I have it all wrong. Let me ask you this- what is the difference between ‘not for profit’ and ‘for profit’? Easy, you say, right? Well, government run programs are ‘not for profit’ and private enterprise is ‘for profit’. In fact when a government program is privatized, it then goes from a program run with taxpayer money, not to make a profit, but to benefit the people. When you take that same program and turn it over to ‘private contractors’ it then becomes like any other corporation with a bloated CEO pay and a mission of making profit, not for the government, but for the corporation. That means that we the people still pay for this with our taxes, but now instead of all revenue going back to the government and no CEO being paid a bloated salary, we then are paying for less service(after all-everyone has to be paid and a profit has to be made) and in the end, we pay more for less.
Some states have gone so far as to ‘outsource’ their SNAP programs and that corporation has outsourced the call center to India and the CEO takes his huge cut, meaning that the money for that program has just been cut, all in the name of profit.
How did this happen? Well, we all let it happen and its still happening. Look at the mess of the ‘ACA'(called obamacare by many) and the disaster of the websites. It was outsourced to a private corporation with no oversight by the government. Now that same corporation is pushing the blame back on the government, saying that the government was remiss on checking it out. Right. Yet many will blame the government and we even have the president saying its . Yes it is , but not the way everyone says. The government is at fault for outsourcing a needed government site and not doing the work themselves.
All that leads to the question how do we change this? It won’t be easy, because we have whole generations of people that are so certain that everything the government does is wasteful and bloated and doesn’t work, that they are unable to see the difference between for profit and not for profit. As long as this mindset continues, we will see problems like the new ACA site and its chaos, and the only way to change that is to change the rhetoric.
Instead of government is the problem, we need to realize that privatizing our government is the problem. All we do is make corporations rich and we the people continue to suffer. In fact that is what Snowden was trying to point out. Our government should never outsourced our national defense. It leads to just what happened as there is no loyalty, no government oversight and it has allowed an individual to tell the world all our dirty laundry. We shouldn’t have a program that spies on us and the whole world, but that is another subject.
Where do we go from here? Sure wish I had some answers, but there are no ready solutions, just the facts and the knowledge that people need to be told and to change the rhetoric from government is bad and change it to government is there to help us, not make profit off of us.