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Old 12-28-2008, 04:51 PM
Location: where you sip the tea of the breasts of the spinsters of Utica
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I'm more concerned about roads and parks being open to everyone, and public utilities that won't gouge the taxpayers for profit, and not so concerned about golf courses and zoos.

I keep hearing that private companies are more efficient at doing everything than the govt, cdelena, but quite frankly I haven't seen that in many instances such as privatization of utilities.

There ARE countries where there's not much of any govt, where just about everything is privately owned, places like Somalia. But most countries with the highest standards of living have a good balance between govt and private ownership.
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Old 12-28-2008, 04:58 PM
Location: Orlando, Florida
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Originally Posted by floridasandy View Post
the Austrian economist Joseph Schumpeter, a forerunner of the Austrian School of economics, emphasized the "creative destruction" of capitalism — the fact that market economies undergo constant change. At any moment of time, posits Schumpeter, there are rising industries and declining industries. Schumpeter, and many contemporary economists influenced by his work, argue that resources should flow from the declining to the expanding industries for an economy to grow, but they recognized that sometimes resources are slow to withdraw from the declining industries because of various forms of institutional resistance to change.

certainly that theory makes more sense than what we are doing now, which is throwing money at bad industries that are failing us. why not let private enterprises run some of these things? the private enterprise takes on the risk (instead of the taxpayer) and they will be more interested in managing it properly because they need to see a profit. the government is happy to run at a deficit, as evidenced by all of the state budgets. of course this would only work if the states stopped spending and there is no guarantee that if they got more money they wouldn't just go spend the money!
I totally agree. However, if these parks are turned over to private enterprise, would there be any guarantee that the parks would not be commercialized to the point of ruining them or what? Without guidelines....all our parks could become retirement condo lots.
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Old 12-28-2008, 05:05 PM
Location: where you sip the tea of the breasts of the spinsters of Utica
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Think about what was happening to Yosemite National Park before it was taken for the public benefit.

Now think about what might happen to it, if it were sold off to private corporations, perhaps for logging rights and to build amusement centers around the waterfalls.

We're starting to sell our birthright for a mess of pottage.
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Old 12-29-2008, 06:01 PM
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we are starting to sell out? that boat sailed a long time ago when we stopped manufacturing tangible goods and became a consumer society. we have to be realistic and realize that life as we know it has changed but it has just not unwound yet. look at all the companies investing outside of the united states, including our bailed out banks! hopefully we won't get into another world war to bail our country out financially.......
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