Tax Breaks for the Wealthy
Tax breaks to wealthy
Privatization of Government Responsibilities
We can all agree, responsibility for our democracy cannot fall 100% on the government. That is why our constitution has branches of government from the federal to the state level. Even at the state level responsibility should be spread out. Privatization was created to relief some of these responsibilities, but it comes at a great cost to both the citizens and politicians.
When the government wants to privatize something, they are simply transferring task and responsibility to a local company (Lewis, 2019). This can also lead to controversy between companies and the government. When the tasks are transferred to private companies, we assume the government is responsible for the outcome. Yet, when the government uses contractors for example overseas, they created a loop hole in foreign policy. This allows presidents to given inaccurate information to the people of the country. One example, in 2011 president Obama announced he was sending 30K troops overseas, to be accurate, he sent a total of 130,000 which included 100K contractors (Clemmitt, 2012). This changes the ideology of what privatization should be.
“That government is best which governs least.”
Henry David Thoreau, 1849
Outsourcing responsibilities to private companies, was thought to cut cost. Today, you have more business people finding ways to add cost. A document in Ohio for that private prisons would get less expensive inmates and public prison would get inmates that are expensive from illnesses (AFSCME Corrections United, 2006). The private institutions would then inflate the cost to gain profit. These practices lead to the greed and corruption in the government. Politicians fall victim to large companies because the promise of votes, money and power (Lewis, 2019). If the company fails, the citizens of this country would be responsible to pay for it.
Privatization some functions can help cut taxes, take political influence away and can improve effectiveness. Michigan privatized its emergency medical service in 1994, which saved a reported $300,000 in the first year (Lewis, 2019). When the government privatize a function, the service can prove more effective. For instances, Michigan privatized its animal shelters once it was discovered the conditions were unsatisfactory. The removal of political influence helps the people as well, because private companies are less likely to interact with politicians (Lewis, 2019). Privatization is not always the best solution for the people because it can raise cost by companies driving percentage cost up. Chicago parking meters were privatized, and they drove the cost of parking to $6.50hr which created a decline in people going downtown to shop (Lewis, 2019). For the government to privatized tasks, risk analysis should be considered.
Voting is a constitutional right for the citizens in our democracy. When the option to privatize a task, function, or responsibility to private companies the people should vote on which type of service should be privatized. When these choices are up the people, participation should increase. Example, if privatization lowers citizens' personal stake in government decision-making by limiting elected officials' direct influence over public services, then citizens' incentives to participate in democratic governance may decline (Cook, 2018). By having the government make the final choice in privatizing, the people can feel their voices are not being heard. If the shift to an election for privatization of services, the people may be more inclined to participate. This will then lead to more turnouts for elections as well being able to inform the public on information. Looking from the people view, if the option to vote on which service should be privatized, I would pick snow removal on local streets. Michigan roads are ruined more yearly due to the lack of snow removal trucks in the city. If given the option to voice my concerns, this would be one I would turn out for.
In conclusion, privatization is a gateway for government to avoid responsibility by transferring functions to private companies. The American people ends up paying for it one way or the other. Having the American people participate by voting which services should be privatized, can lead to an increase turnout at elections. This will also allow for the government to inform the people of any new information about the city and state they reside in.
AFSCME Corrections United. (2006). Don’t be a prisoner to empty promises. . Retrieved from https://www.afscme.org/news-publications/publications/privatization/pdf/Prison-1.pdf
Clemmitt, M. (2012, 07/13/2012). Privatizing the military. CQ Researcher, 22, 597–620. Retrieved from from http://library.cqpress.com/
Cook, J. B. (2018, September 10, 2018). Government Privatization and Political Participation:
The Case of Charter Schools. . Retrieved from (http://thedata.harvard.edu/dvn/dv/jop)
Lewis, M. (2019). What Is Privatization of Public Services – Definition, Pros & Cons. Retrieved from https://www.moneycrashers.com/privatization-definition-public-works/