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Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Better Said Than Anywhere Else

I came across this on today's in an article by Grant Nulle on the Bush spending agenda. You can view the entire article here, but this one passage sums up, in my opinion, the odious implications of the ever-increasing role of contractors in the federal government:

[The following subtitle is a reference to the Use of Contractor Personnel as Torturer's in Places Such as Abu Ghraib, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba]

Contracting for Coercion

"The GOP, whatever its stripes, has always been cozy with business, most notably in awarding private enterprises government contracts. It is self-evident that private enterprises are vastly more productive than government agencies in the marketplace, because the former is disciplined by consumer satisfaction and the latter is not, the principle of consumer satisfaction is absent when government, to use is own parlance, "outsources" work to contractors.

"Government contracting replaces voluntary agreement, risk and uncertainly, with a process of awarding property government involuntarily seized from its owners as payment to a firm qualified to perform a service for the state. In essence, consumer choice is substituted for government diktat. The process is thoroughly corrupting and destructive in that government can make or break companies, whom in turn seek to win influence in the executive and legislative branches. The process also casts a pall over free market capitalism, enabling the hard left to castigate private enterprise as rent-seeking parasites in league with the state.

"In the Bush administration the burgeoning role of government contractors is evident. There are at least twice as many private contractors working for the U.S. government as there are civil servants, an upsurge that is sure to continue unimpeded."


Blogger Convoluted Muse said...

Yes, this administration has implemented spending the likes of which Clinton could only dream about. In spite of all this neocons hail him as a champion of conservatism. Lets get back to our constitutional roots!


12:29 PM, March 19, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your brickbats are not on target. The procurement system is a monster that has evolved via congression legislative "language" attached to appropriations, public law, and DOD directives.

All the politicians like to point at how they have "reduced the size of government. Bush I did it, Klingon did it, as does Bush the younger. The problem is the work does not go away because they RIF'ed some govt types. To still get the job done, they have to hire contractors. I had a "USG" type visit me lately to conduct a background investigation on a fellow I know. My "investigator" from the Federal Investigation Service was a contractor. They reduced the size of gov by firing all the gov types.

12:37 AM, April 27, 2005  

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