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January 18, 2020

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Privatizing Government
Last Featured: 6/21/2004

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The Bush administration hired a private firm to provide services in war-torn Iraq and successfully lobbied to allow private insurers into the Medicare system. Although backing off a proposal to do the same with Social Security, the President has pushed the issue of privatizing government to levels once thought unreachable. Supporters hail efficiencies and cost savings they predict will follow. Opponents warn of decreased services, falling wages and increased scandals like the one recently weathered by Halliburton. Will change bring better, more cost effective services or simply put profits before people?

Max B. Sawicky is an economist at the Economic Policy Institute specializing in the federal budget and tax policy, state and local tax and spending issues, public finance and privatization. He has worked in the Office of State and Local Finance of the U.S. Treasury Department and the U.S. Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations. Sawicky is the author of two books, his most recent is The End of Welfare -- Consequences of Federal Devolution for the Nation. He also serves on the at-large national board of the Americans for Democratic Action.

Adrian Moore is the executive director of the Reason Public Policy Institute. Moore oversees all of the Institute's policy research which focuses on issues pertaining to education and child welfare, transportation, urban land use and economic development, environmental quality, and privatization. His own award-winning research centers on privatization, government reform, and infrastructure. Moore is the co-author of Curb Rights: A Foundation for Free Enterprise in Urban Transit, published in 1997 by the Brookings Institution Press, and has written articles which have appeared in The American Enterprise, The Independent Review, and Economic Affair.

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"There is no reason to believe that the people who staff the managerial and professional positions in our service institutions are any less qualified, any less competent or honest, or any less hard-working than the men who manage businesses. Conversely, there is no reason to believe that business managers, put in control of service institutions, would do better than the ‘bureaucrats’. Indeed, we know that they immediately become bureaucrats themselves."

— Peter Drucker

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