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Name Calling and Double Standards

David Isenberg | Posted 11.29.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying that using PMSC isn't cost effective, at least some of the time. I am saying that the work substantiating the blanket claim made for them has not been done.

The Case for the Post Office

David Morris | Posted 11.29.2011 | Politics
David Morris

Republicans have been railing at the government post office for many years. But for most of us, it is a "wondrous American creation."

Is It Best to Buy or Borrow Books?

Dave Astor | Posted 11.28.2011 | Books
Dave Astor

Now stepping into the ring: buying books vs. using a library! That bout might never make pay-per-view, but it's a contest often on the minds of avid readers.

Matt Sledge

As Budget Problems Loom, Nassau County Sees Quick Fix In Privatizing Services

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 11.20.2011 | New York

NEW YORK -- Angela Davis is worried. Four or five times a month, whenever the 58 year old with cerebral palsy needs to visit her doctor or shop at a s...

The Cost-Savings Fantasy

David Isenberg | Posted 11.15.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

There is clearly only one story worth discussing. That is the report issued yesterday by the Project on Government Oversight (POGO) comparing federal and private sector employee compensation.

Michigan Republicans Move To Privatize Public School Teaching

Mother Jones | By Andy Kroll | Posted 11.01.2011 | Politics

In Michigan, a state perennially crippled by budget deficits, public school districts across the state have already outsourced their bus drivers, cafe...

The Death of Citizenship

Steve Nelson | Posted 10.24.2011 | Education
Steve Nelson

Combine the decline of critical capacity with the explosion of information in the digital age and you have the seeds of a society where truth is whatever one chooses to believe.

Cape Cod National Seashore -- Second Thoughts?

Edward Flattau | Posted 10.19.2011 | Green
Edward Flattau

Even after 50 years of success as a tourist bonanza, the National Seashore still has a smattering of critics who complain it deprives people of residential space.

Get Angry, Please?

Rick Ayers | Posted 10.15.2011 | Politics
Rick Ayers

Sometimes the lies and distortions, the false premises and invented pseudo-science, get to be too much.

Say 'Corporatization,' Not 'Privatization'

Ken Allen | Posted 10.11.2011 | Politics
Ken Allen

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 Israeli Summer

Noah Efron | Posted 09.30.2011 | World
Noah Efron

Protesters have demanded an end to wholesale privatization. They have demanded that the country provide everyone with a good, fair start to life -- with guaranteed food and shelter, and good, free early education.

AT&T -- Not My Credo

Wendy Block | Posted 09.27.2011 | Politics
Wendy Block

When I hear that AT&T and Verizon are key players with other multinationals and Republican legislators in a so-far obscure group that advances corporate interests and undermines ours, my thoughts turn...shall we say, vehement.

Amanda M. Fairbanks

Walton Family Foundation Gifts Teach for America $49.5 Million

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda M. Fairbanks | Posted 09.26.2011 | Education

NEW YORK -- The Walton Family Foundation announced a $49.5 million grant Wednesday to help double the size of Teach for America's national teaching co...

ALEC: Democracy's Arch-Nemesis

C. Robert Gibson | Posted 09.19.2011 | Politics
C. Robert Gibson

Essentially, ALEC's purpose is to pass laws that enrich corporate profits and investor returns by starving the government of revenue, rigging elections and busting unions.

Private High-Speed Rail: A Dangerous Fantasy

Phineas Baxandall | Posted 09.18.2011 | Politics
Phineas Baxandall

A new report released today shows why leaving high-speed rail chiefly to the private sector is a dangerous pipe dream.

Taste Of Chicago: Crime, As Well As Revenue, Reportedly Down

Posted 09.04.2011 | Chicago

While this year's Taste of Chicago festival, the first managed by the city's Park District, lacked some of the chaos that peppered last year's event, ...

Dominique Strauss Kahn, the Missing Cell Phone, Women and the Timing

Vivian Norris | Posted 08.30.2011 | World
Vivian Norris

Dominique Strauss-Kahn's Achilles' heel is sex, he said so himself. And it is not by chance that the financial Achilles' heel in Europe is also the cultural birthplace of much of what the West stands for: Greece.

In the Public Interest: Needed: Sane Rules About the Privatization of Infrastructure

Phineas Baxandall | Posted 08.28.2011 | Politics
Phineas Baxandall

America's transportation problems are serious enough that we need serious policy that looks out for the public interest, rather than unrealistic solutions to problems that don't exist in the first place.

Amanda Terkel

What's At The Heart Of The Battles In Wisconsin?

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 08.17.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Milwaukee's Mitchell Airport is in good shape. Last year, it was the fastest-growing airport in the United States and one of the top air...

Dave Jamieson

Bill Would Make It Harder For States To Lease Roads, Airports To Wall Street

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.17.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) announced the introduction of a bill that could make it considerably more difficult for cash-strapped states a...

HuffPost's Dave Jamieson Discusses Toll Road Privatization On MSNBC's 'The Dylan Ratigan Show'

Huff TV | Posted 08.17.2011 | Business
Huff TV

The Huffington Post's Dave Jamieson appeared Thursday on MSNBC's 'The Dylan Ratigan Show' to discuss why states are selling their toll roads to Wall S...

Dave Jamieson

For States Pondering Toll Road Privatization, Indiana Is A Cautionary Tale

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.16.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In two weeks, the cost of traveling the 157-mile length of the Indiana Toll Road will rise more than 2 percent, from $8.80 to an even $9...

William Alden

Harrisburg's 'Bad Deal': City Forced To Pursue Parking Privatization

HuffingtonPost.com | William Alden | Posted 08.15.2011 | Business

NEW YORK -- The finances of Harrisburg, Pa., are so desperate that local officials are considering a deal they fear will ultimately make the city more...

House GOP: Eliminate Medicare, Disembowel Medicaid. Next: Social Security

Tom McMahon | Posted 08.13.2011 | Politics
Tom McMahon

House Republicans don't seem to care that the American people overwhelmingly rejected the idea of Wall Street getting their hands on our guaranteed benefits -- or that privatization would have been a disaster for millions during the financial crisis.

Privatization Of Public Education Turns Students Into Corporate Assets

Kevin Welner | Posted 08.09.2011 | Education
Kevin Welner

So now our children effectively become corporate assets. How long before they are commodities to be bought and sold on the open market as if they were pork bellies or wheat futures?