“If the privatized prisons are in humane then I blame government for inadequate and/or incompetent oversight. Regulation and oversight are the real job of government , not collecting the trash. Business must make profits to survive and to pay taxes to finance government. The least government can do is deliver on those obligations and do so in a cost effective manner without leaving the citizens to pick up the tab for unfunded pension obligations , massive cost overruns ,boondoggles and multi-hundred million dollar web sites that don't work as promised after 3 years of work. Yes, that includes the Pentagon too.”
pene on Oct 27, 2013 at 09:00:48
“you don't get it. prisons should NEVER be for profit. PERIOD. There are services provided by government that are, by their nature, not for profit. First because privatization is NEVER cost effective, and second because profit takes precedence over humanity. If you knew the first thing about capitalism, you wouldn't even be having this kind of discussion. so stop posting and get educated. we need educated citizens, not spoon fed wingnuts.”
“The issue of smaller govt comes from a lack of government accountability and cost effectiveness. There is just too much bloat, waste,fraud and abuse. The near impossibility of firing govt workers who are incompetent, including teachers, just raises the distrust of government to do much wisely or cost effectively. The lastest scandal is , of course the ACA website. Another testiment to overreaching, underachieving govt. as the size of govt grows along with the country it becomes increasingly wasteful and ineffective. It is also intrusive as the spying scandals show.”
pene on Oct 26, 2013 at 17:46:51
“your statements are rightwing agitprop designed to leverage these complaints to privatize government services. The inhumanity of our privatized children's and adult's prisons is a prime example. The wealth harvesting that is an ongoing outcome of the privatization of the DoD is the clearest example. Police departments have been defunded and they have come to rely on DEA money (available if they meet arrest quotas for which they use children as bait), illegal stops and seizures of rental and out of state cars, all of this has become de rigeur with local police departments. Attacking working americans with one hand while your handlers sweep tax money into their pockets makes you look like a dupe. Are you one willingly or simply by accident?”
RockyMissouri on Oct 26, 2013 at 17:41:26
“What happens is ... they wind up cutting back on food inspectors....safety inspectors...road and bridge inspections...FAA ... Vital services that protect the American consumer....!!”
Oct 24, 2013 at 13:03:34
“I guess we just kinda fell into it after 1945. Now it is a legacy thing. The other countries are used to us doing it and our military industrial complex likes the business.
The matter of rogue countries complicates the matter, unfortunately. I think the U.N. was supposed to deal with that issue but they failed so we stepped in.”
glesforever on Oct 24, 2013 at 14:22:28
“Seems so, unfortunately, but all things change. Again, what if we practiced what Marcuse said was the last truly "radical" thing possible in a modern society ... just say "NO."
"Conservatives" have been doing it to many very important policies for several years now ... with some popular support too.”
Oct 24, 2013 at 00:29:13
“Yes,letting the rest of the world take care of its own security sounds good BUT nobody knows if they will do it. Perhaps we could do better at getting them to pay us for providing that security but it would still be American lives at stake.”
glesforever on Oct 24, 2013 at 08:23:29
“When, exactly, was it that it we all agreed, including the other nations, to have our nation serve as the world's "police department?" AND, then, way too often, "democracy at the point of a gun?" "Just like ours?"”
Oct 23, 2013 at 19:35:26
“Yes, womb to tomb socialism, is possible in a small, highly homogenous country like Denmark, Sweden or Finland. I suspect that they have far more open and accountable government than we have here. That makes it possible to keep the reins tight on bloat,waste, fraud and abuse that seems the hallmark of our present system. They also don't bear the huge burden of making the world "safe for democracy".”
glesforever on Oct 23, 2013 at 20:54:29
“They are not entirely socialist. They, like all nations on this planet, have different mixes of socialism and capitalism. Different choices.
They are just some of the many countries practicing social democracy, by choice, that have higher living standards for ALL of their citizens than ours. Taken together they are larger by land mass and population than the US ... and more culturally diverse, too.
We, too, could have a more open and accountable government than we currently have .... campaign financing reform!
We, too, could let the rest of the world provide for their own safety and security.
It just take actions, choices, from enough people in a democracy .... any democracy.”
“Could be tough. There are rabid Obama lovers out there that would love to change the Constitution so he could rule 3 terms. There are other reasons they'd like to change the Constitution as well, none of which bode well for preserving our freedoms/rights.”
“Obama regime has been the great deporter. Hugh increase over Bush.”
OzinFLA on Oct 18, 2013 at 14:36:19
“Because the President is doing his job and applying the law of the land, which Bushie chose not to do so that his Texas landowner supporters would have plenty of cheap labour.
Obama is doing it the right way, apply the bad laws as written but try to get them improved; not the pandering way where you write tougher and tougher laws to satisfy your ra/cist demographic but then ignore them for practical reasons.”
“Don't worry. Sooner or later the liberals will destroy themselves as they scramble to who can give away the most freebies irrespective of the consequences. The Obama admin has shown itself to be just as unaccountable as any other. Neither party is equipped to tell the American public what they need to hear, so they continue to lie and pass complex legislation. Hang on for a rough ride into the future.”
“Ultimately, costs must be considered. The problem is that the real costs cannot be assessed since we don't know enough. We don't know what it would cost to slow down, not to mention stop, global climate change. We don't know if we can actually achieve that goal at any price. There are also the social costs not measured in money, from rising seas to job losses. Btw it is a Solarcity project. They expect to make money and some of that money comes from the tax payer.”
Dazed not Confused on Oct 13, 2013 at 10:09:52
“I agree with you, which is why I said 'not just' and 'solely'”
“You have an interesting mixture of views on the various problems. That may reflect what many Americans are thinking. Sadly, I believe we are in for some really difficult times due to the changing nature of the world and our society. No question that entitlement reform is necessary and inevitable. Any give away programs i.e. means based entitlements, will have to have strings attached. The affects of technology on job creation are unclear and could create great opportunity or problems.
One thing for sure is government cannot save everybody.”
ranger197172 on Oct 12, 2013 at 20:47:36
“Our govt has a job to address the problems facing Americans. Also ask yourself when has a friend ever been a real friend when you have to buy the friendship ?”
“Do they really get enough sun up there to justify the expense of this?”
Dazed not Confused on Oct 12, 2013 at 19:53:56
“It's not just about money. Making energy and other choices based solely on economics is the main reason we are in this mess.”
stevensgorge on Oct 11, 2013 at 23:05:18
“Paid for by SolarCity Corp., a power company that will sell the electricity generated and give Bowdoin (or you, if you let them use your roof) a fraction as rent. http://www.solarcity.com
Note- I have no financial interest in SolarCity, but I might buy some stock- It looks like a good idea!”
“I think people have to stop voting for what sounds good, feels good and start voting for what makes sense. But, sadly, there is a large disagreement about what that is. I know so called progressives who say "I'm not concerned about the deficits". I don't a agree with that but that is what they believe so we have the divide we have now in this country.
There are three areas where the interests conflict. 1) What is in my personal interest i.e. how will I benefit. 2) How does it affect my state or district and 3) what does it do for the country? All of these can be in total conflict. So, I guess it just depends on your priorities.”
ranger197172 on Oct 12, 2013 at 04:00:40
“Well said but our govt has taken a stance to support the rest of the world and their problems while it should be addressing the problems we face at home.We can no longer afford to support these other countries. Also the class of people here who are too lazy too work and consider welfare a lifelong term of support need to be addressed. The working class is tired of paying taxes to support them. Clinton came up with an idea of workfare not welfare and i think it was brilliant. Support these people, train them for jobs and get them off of welfare. Those who cannot or will not be trained should be given work assignments in hospital, picking up trash along our roads, etc. They should be required to put in a 40 hour work week to draw their welfare checks. Those on welfare because they are physically or mentally incapable of working should continue as they are. Foremost stop all foreign wars and let each country address their own problems without our interference.Freedom is not free and if people do not fight for it themselves, they will never respect having it. We cannot provide enough jobs for Americans so all illegals should be sent back to their own countries and we should stop immigration into our country, at least for now.”
“The civil service protections against getting fired make virtually all govt jobs, local, state and federal, cost ineffective for the tax payer. In other words we get poor value fou our money and debts. The fact that governments don't need to make a profit means market discipline does not exist. Without that, all government buerocracies will expand to fill any hole they can. The end results are bloat, waste, abuse and poor productivity. When was the last time a government agency was disbanded because their mission was accomplished?”
Hooponopono on Oct 10, 2013 at 03:20:55
“When the Iraq War ended and 150,000 troops came home only to be treated badly by the GOP.”
“If Clinton is right about the Republicans then maybe the Republicans are on to something. If the country "fails" we'll have a chance to clean out the whole rot in Washington. Wouldn't that bring on some fresh air?”
anjerock on Sep 29, 2013 at 23:03:17
“The stupidest comment I've seen in a long time!”
Deb Jesser on Sep 29, 2013 at 22:55:23
“Throw this country, and most of the world, in an abyss of anarchy to promote a possible outcome of their choosing? Heck, why not?”
“No, some people are against shafting the taxpayer. Some people are for responsibility and understanding that poor choices have poor outcomes. The fact that the Federal govt. made education too expensive by subsidizing these loans is a scandal in itself”
ezdeath on Sep 29, 2013 at 22:33:44
“then take your concerns to the House repubs who do not want to raise the debt limit for the expenses that they authorized and were made. Failure to do so results in you being a hypocrite.”
“No question those at the very top often get too much. But the company is a lot more than just them. Maybe thousands of employees etc. The individuals all pay income taxes. That helps the government do what it does. The question of whether those at the top would earn less if their corporations did not have perks cannot really be answered.
IMO if government did only those things that were really useful and not offer political favors there would be plenty of money to do those things. Just too many competing interests and different priorities.”
“You are right about poor people having less leverage. And yes, everybody else gets some form of freebie, including industries. That is how the system works. So I say end all the freebies except to the truly needy and deserving. Force government to be accountable and force strict rules and compliance on those that get the freebies. In other words " run a tight ship". I say, not a ghost of a chance!”
seejay james on Sep 29, 2013 at 16:36:00
“I am all for that as well. There are major reforms needed at the top as well as the bottom. I just think corporate welfare and welfare for the rich is a lot more egregious and unnecessary than welfare for the poor, particularly because so much more is given per capita to those on top.”
“I know this well. That is why I say the government took insufficient funds. This was done to prevent the public from knowing the true costs. If government had been prudent the fees for SS and Medicare would have been increased every few years to reflect the new reality of longer lives and higher costs etc. They did not do that because government is unaccountable for its failures. In other words pass the blame down the line to the future "leaders" and let them solve it.”