We may say that functions are moved to the "private sector," but they are almost invariably taken over by corporations. It is not truly a "private sector" to which they are moved, but the corporate sector.
The problem today is not the tyranny of government, but rather the concentration of money, and hence power, in Wall Street and in the largest corporations. And it is clear that enough money can buy political power.
One of the most influential organization which connects state legislators with corporate money and corporate think tanks to influence pro-corporate, anti-union state legislation is the secretive American Legislative Exchange Council.
In the House Republican budget proposal, large corporations that participated in the 2010 election are not being asked to give up a single tax loophole. This is not what American voters signed up for in 2010.
The remaining union stronghold in the U.S. economy is the public sector. If Wisconsin, followed by other states, manages to undermine unionization in the public sector, it's not just public sector workers who will be worse off.
It was a tough year, but events from 2010 contain the seeds of transformation. None of the following stories is enough on its own to change the momentum, but each story points to a piece of the solution.
The Democratic Party lost its spine the moment it decided to cash in on corporate political money. If we don't reverse Citizens United and get the money out of our political system, progressive causes don't stand a chance.