Dubya's_Coke_Dealer: Here's how privatization works (example)
To The Escape Zeppelin!: Um, why wouldn't Snowden pass a background check? As far as I know he had zero problems before he took the data and ran.
duenor: like comparing john paul jones to benedict arnold.
BraveNewCheneyWorld: To The Escape Zeppelin!: Um, why wouldn't Snowden pass a background check? As far as I know he had zero problems before he took the data and ran.I think distorted information presented as the "background check solution" for gun violence has led certain people to have unreasonable expectations of what a background check entails.
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.
Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: YOU GET SECRET CLEARANCE! AND YOU GET SECRET CLEARANCE!
ForgotMyTowel: Dubya's_Coke_Dealer: Here's how privatization works (example)It's funny but here's how my privatization experience went...(csb)Obviously different experiences can happen in different situations but in my 10+ years of working both the govt and contractor side, I can tell you that the single biggest problem is no one in charge tolerates a cut to their budget. Getting your budget cut, even for good reasons, is seen as a negative a something that can hurt your career...the mindset is that if you don't constantly need more money, you're obviously not doing anything important.
Evil Twin Skippy: That sounds shocking and all, but there are only a handful of companies that do background checks. That's like saying every fat person has eaten at a McDonalds.
Bonzo_1116: Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: YOU GET SECRET CLEARANCE! AND YOU GET SECRET CLEARANCE!If five million people are holding clearances, most of that shiat probably isn't that secret.
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