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(Washington Post)   Great Moments in Privatization of Government Functions: contractor who vetted Edward Snowden also ran the background check on the navy yard shooter   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 17
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2013-09-20 11:38:18 AM
4 votes:
Here's how privatization works (example)

100 government workers do their jobs and are paid a reasonable salary with benefits, and pay their taxes

Agency 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 bills

And 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.
2013-09-20 09:55:19 AM
2 votes:

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.


So, you never read this kooky conspiracy theory, then?

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But, maybe I'm an idiot for not relying on Matt Lauer to be my authoritative source.
2013-09-20 08:55:40 AM
2 votes:
Somehow, this is Big Government's fault. Privatization is ALWAYS the answer!
2013-09-20 05:30:42 PM
1 votes:

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.


The FBI did my brackground check. They may have issues, but they were pretty thorough. I got calls from people I didn't list, "So, the FBI called here asking about you. What's happening?"
2013-09-20 11:15:36 AM
1 votes:
What was wrong with snowden's background check? was there a problem?
2013-09-20 11:12:51 AM
1 votes:

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?


No, but all the info about NSA wiretapping and AT&T and other telecom companies giving away their customers' confidential data has been old news, unless you gather all of your news from 7 to 10 in the morning with nuggets of blatherskite, human interest garbage, and celebrity interviews to pad the time for the advertisers. If that's the case, then yes, I can see why the Edward Snowden thing would be shocking.
2013-09-20 11:08:07 AM
1 votes:
A background check is in fact, not an invasive telepathic audit of someone's entire being.  Apparently, some people believed otherwise.
2013-09-20 10:59:37 AM
1 votes:
Not excusing the contractor but Alexis should have been convicted in Seattle and that conviction should bar him from purchasing a firearm anywhere in the US whether he served time or not. Weapons convictions in national database and background checks for ALL firearms transactions.
2013-09-20 10:27:30 AM
1 votes:

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.


There's overwhelming evidence about how the government spies on you, a lot of it from the COINTELPRO.  We even know it assassinated a US citizen in Chicago.  If you needed Snowden to "prove" this to you, then read a book.
2013-09-20 09:48:52 AM
1 votes:
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.
2013-09-20 09:31:09 AM
1 votes:
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.'
2013-09-20 09:04:03 AM
1 votes:

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.


This is typical 'privatization'.  Take a gov't department, call it private, funnel it tons of gov't contracts, put your politically connected buddies in charge, when you're voted out of office you work there as a consultant.

Everybody profits.
2013-09-20 08:59:40 AM
1 votes:
But....  Private companies are always better than the government.
2013-09-20 08:58:59 AM
1 votes:
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?
2013-09-20 08:56:44 AM
1 votes:

LordJiro: Somehow, this is Big Government's fault. Privatization is ALWAYS the answer!


But only when the question is 'how can I get paid lots of money for crappy work?'
2013-09-20 08:49:48 AM
1 votes:
That some fine background check work there Lou.
2013-09-20 07:46:11 AM
1 votes:
The free market will cure this
 
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