PC LOAD LETTER: The free market will cure this
LordJiro: Somehow, this is Big Government's fault. Privatization is ALWAYS the answer!
Aristocles: USIS, which was spun off from the federal government in the 1990s, has become the largest private provider of government background checks.This is just a branch of OPM that was privatized. Basically, they got their start as part of the government... incompetence is all they know.
RedPhoenix122: Well, the answer is obvious. We need to outsource more government functions.
MugzyBrown: PC LOAD LETTER: The free market will cure thisI'm sure the families of the victims will be able to sue, both the contractor, and the individuals who approved the use of the contractor like they would in the 'free market'.Oh I'm sorry, the people in gov't are not allowed to be held accountable for their actions.
duenor: Fark you, subby - Snowden's a damn american hero. without his actions and sacrifice, people would still be telling each other that nobody's spying on them, that the american government would never record conversations without a warrant, and that people who think the government has the capacity to become big brother are just being paranoid.
duenor: Fark you, subby - Snowden's a damn american hero. without his actions and sacrifice, people would still be telling each other that nobody's spying on them, that the american government would never record conversations without a warrant, and that people who think the government has the capacity to become big brother are just being paranoid.comparing him to this insane individual is like comparing john paul jones to benedict arnold.
toomuchwhargarbl: EyeballKid:I don't want to be around when somebody breaks the news about professional wrestling to you.I think you missed the point that Snowden's leaks took away the ability to dismiss such things as "Conspiracy theorism."Maybe that's not an important distinction to you, but the fact that it isn't is prima facae evidence that you're probably an idiot.
jigger: You'd think it would be pretty obvious, but there are still quite a few idiots out there who think that government contracts are 'free market.'
HotWingConspiracy: Capitalists find the cheapest way to do things, not the most efficient or effective.Cheapest for them, BTW, they still charge us obscene amounts of money to provide their shiatty service. How many of our esteemed representatives are on the kickback list for these guys?
duenor: comparing him to this insane individual is like comparing john paul jones to benedict arnold.
toomuchwhargarbl: EyeballKid:But, maybe I'm an idiot for not relying on Matt Lauer to be my authoritative source.Matt Lauer wrote all those NSA documents?
Cpl.D: The concept of privatization isn't a bad thing. The problem here, and where we're constantly running afoul, is that to politicians, privatization means cronies getting a nice fat chunk of government money and little to no oversight.
TrollingForColumbine: What was wrong with snowden's background check? was there a problem?
BraveNewCheneyWorld: A background check is in fact, not an invasive telepathic audit of someone's entire being. Apparently, some people believed otherwise.
Dubya's_Coke_Dealer: Here's how privatization works (example)100 government workers do their jobs and are paid a reasonable salary with benefits, and pay their taxesAgency is privatized, on paper saving the government, whatever, a million bucks.All those people lose their jobs and benefits. They cease paying taxes. They go on welfare and medicare, costing the government 2 million bucks.Replacement workers (not enough to do the job, say 75) are hired by the private company at minimum wage, no benefits. Guy at the top pays himself $800k. The new workers pay no taxes, as they don't make enough, and they also rely on government handouts to pay their billsAnd the quality of the service declines.So, one guy gets rich, hundreds go on welfare. Net effect is an increase in expense to the government, with a decrease in quality of service provided.
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