October 11, 2005
The Fox in the Henhouse : How Privatization Threatens Democracy (Paperback)
Given that Bush has run the United States into the ground, driven us to the point of bankruptcy, institutionalized rampant profiteering in return for campaign contributions, embarked on a monstrously failed war, and promoted people to the highest levels of government based on their loyalty and in direct contradiction to their qualifications for the job, how can the Republicans and some conservative Dems continue to argue for "privatization"?
In an age of rapacious corporate greed, where CEOs rip off stockholders and increase their salaries even as their corporate profits plummet, what logical argument can be made that "privatization" would better serve the American public? None.
In fact, the concept of Bushevik "privatization" amounts to the robbery of America's taxpayers in broad daylight.
"The Fox in the Henhouse: How Privatization Threatens Democracy" is an easily accessible, persuasive book by a long-time social activist, Si Kahn, and humanistic scholar, Elizabeth Minnich, that makes an airtight case that the common good of the nation is best served by government and local programs that don't have greed as their primary motivating basis.
An introductory quotation by Bill Moyers eloquently states, "We are moving toward an oligarchic society where a relatively small handful of the rich decide, with their money, who will run, who will win, and how they will govern. The defenders of the present system will fight hard to hold on to their privilege, and they write the rules. Nothing less than our democracy is at stake."
Privatization, as carried out by the Busheviks, is just a euphemism for stealing from taxpayers and giving the money to campaign contributors, who then pocket it, after moving their companies offshore so that they don't have to pay taxes on their profiteering -- and no one holds them accountable for providing the services that they were given no-bid contracts to perform. There is nothing efficient about privatization, unless you are running Enron, Tyco, Halliburton, or hundreds and hundreds of other Bush/Cheney/DeLay corporate cronies, because it efficiently enriches you.
Privatization is just another strategy that the Busheviks are using to swing a wrecking ball through the national community known as America.
It is, in a word, a rip-off.