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Privatization

Arizona's Corporate-Run Agency Now Gives Taxpayer Subsidies to Other Corporations

Donald Cohen | Posted 07.23.2012 | Politics
Donald Cohen

Arizona's corporate takeover is part of a troubling trend among states that are privatizing their economic development process.

The Power of WE

Paul Boden | Posted 07.08.2012 | Politics
Paul Boden

Why wouldn't our government want the people being governed to be educated, healthy, well-housed and able to freely be in nature? Is it wrong to think that government should want these things for all people?

Scenes From an Airport Restaurant

Randall Amster | Posted 07.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Randall Amster

The convivial ethics of the picnic table, park bench, bus stop kiosk, and similar exemplars don't exist very much inside the spaces of consumption and conveyance that increasingly dominate our daily lives.

Fool Us Twice? The Peril of Rahm Emanuel's Public Private Partnerships

Donald Cohen | Posted 07.01.2012 | Chicago
Donald Cohen

Chicago knows from experience how partnerships can sour. Emanuel's Infrastructure Trust, if done right, could be a new model for rebuilding urban infrastructure. Done wrong, it'll be just another hand off of public assets to private control.

Finance Expert Predicts We'll "Rue The Day"

Tom Tresser | Posted 06.27.2012 | Chicago
Tom Tresser

Chicago City Council voted 41 - 7 with two aldermen absent. Hey, that's two more nay votes than the parking meter scam got. We're making progress.

Andrea Stone

Ex-TSA Chief Opposes Privatizing Airport Security

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrea Stone | Posted 04.25.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Transportation Security Administration chief Kip Hawley said Wednesday that privatizing screening at airports -- a pet cause of a...

We Should Be Wary of the IRS Preparing Our Taxes

Edward J. Black | Posted 04.25.2012 | Politics
Edward J. Black

If the IRS starts preparing our taxes for us, that right will cease to exist. Even with its flaws, Americans would most certainly prefer our current tax filing system over putting their faith in the IRS to fairly do it for them.

Killing the Messenger: The Downsizing and Death of the Postal Service

Dean Baker | Posted 06.23.2012 | Business
Dean Baker

The goal is to have a public Postal Service that can compete effectively in the market. But it's not a fair fight when we shove it into the ring with its shoes tied together and both hands tied behind its back.

E-books and the Privatization of the Village Square

Dan Kennedy | Posted 06.18.2012 | Technology
Dan Kennedy

The trouble is that in too many cities and towns, we no longer have a village square except in the form of enclosed spaces owned by profit-seeking corporations. What happened to that protester said a lot more about our privatized idea of community than it does about that one particular incident.

Chaos and Cholera: Haiti's Message to the Tea Party (and the Rest of Us)

Mark Schuller | Posted 06.13.2012 | World
Mark Schuller

This Tuesday, April 10, Rick Santorum, who had given Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney a serious run for his money, bowed out of the race, leaving th...

Consider Yourself Briefed (On the Trust)

Tom Tresser | Posted 06.09.2012 | Chicago
Tom Tresser

I will state my bias plainly for all Huffington Post readers. I don't trust The Trust. It's not privatization. It's worse: it's corporatization

I Ain't No Broken Window

Paul Boden | Posted 06.05.2012 | Politics
Paul Boden

These are the civilized people; they are consumers. They are us. The people these laws are enforced against are not us. They are them.

Don't Trust the Infrastructure Trust

Tom Tresser | Posted 06.02.2012 | Chicago
Tom Tresser

Mayor Emanuel wants us to trust him with the future of all of Chicago's public assets.

Matt Sledge

How Do You Solve A Problem Like Detroit?

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 03.29.2012 | Detroit

PHILADELPHIA -- Bankers, consultants and elected officials gathered at a conference here on Wednesday to discuss a hot political question for the form...

Wayne State Symposium Tackles Corporatization, Privatization, Emergency Managers

The Huffington Post | David Sands | Posted 03.22.2012 | Detroit

Organizers of a Friday event at Wayne State University in Detroit say state lawmakers have responded to the recent wave of economic hardship facing Mi...

Why World Water Forum "Solutions" Miss the Mark

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 05.16.2012 | Green
Wenonah Hauter

The time is now for the UN and governments around their world to fulfill their duty and not to delegate it to corporations.

Matt Sledge

Senate Passes Bipartisan Transportation Bill With Surprising Dig At Wall Street

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 03.14.2012 | Politics

The Senate passed a two-year, $109 billion bipartisan transportation bill in a 74-22 vote Wednesday, handing Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) signi...

Business As Government: Capitalizing on Disaster In Post-Earthquake Haiti

Beverly Bell | Posted 05.01.2012 | World
Beverly Bell

The pursuits of foreign firms -- making governance decisions about rebuilding, paving the way for other firms, racking up humanitarian clout -- have been at the expense of Haitians still struggling for basic needs and democratic power.

The Long Arm of Private Prisons

José Fernando López | Posted 04.30.2012 | Latino Voices
José Fernando López

I had no idea the role that the "private industry" could play in the prison system and criminal politics in the United States, and it does not seem encouraging to me.

Mitt Romney's Anti-Social Stance on Social Security

Cliff Schecter | Posted 04.16.2012 | Politics
Cliff Schecter

Mitt Romney, tribune of the people, still doesn't seem to get a simple concept: Social Security is popular. With everybody. And particularly with olde...

Ron Dicker

CORPORATE WELFARE, NBA-STYLE: In Sacramento, Hocking Parking Spaces to Finance Arena

HuffingtonPost.com | Ron Dicker | Posted 02.13.2012 | Business

The Sacramento Kings are getting lots of attention in California's capital, but it hasn't been for their play. As of this writing, the Kings sat in la...

Selling the USA to the Highest Bidder and Paying Off the National Debt

Benjamin R. Barber | Posted 04.07.2012 | Politics
Benjamin R. Barber

Auction off seats in the House of Representatives, starting with a floor of two billion per seat. Not cheap, but it comes with office space and a staff of a dozen or more young MBAs and Hill-lifers ready to serve the business of America.

Ten Steps for Radical Revolution USA

Bill Quigley | Posted 03.24.2012 | Impact
Bill Quigley

If those in government and those in power do not help the people do what is right, people seeking change must together exercise our human rights and bring about these changes directly.

The Decline of Public Good

Robert Reich | Posted 03.06.2012 | Politics
Robert Reich

Meryl Streep's eery reincarnation of Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady brings to mind Thatcher's most famous quip, "there is no such thing as 'society.'" The GOP hasn't quoted her yet, but they might as well.

A Future of PMC Pushers?

David Isenberg | Posted 02.24.2012 | Politics
David Isenberg

Anyone who has ever used a contractor for anything knows they all have one thing in common, aside from actually doing the job. And that is to do more jobs for you in the future. In short they want your continued business.