Paul Light of Brookings has shown that the Feds indirectly employ millions more through the letting of contracts, imposition of regulations that oblige somebody to hire people, and grants to state and local governments. We could add tax subsidies to assorted more-and-less questionable private endeavors.
The funny part, as in funny peculiar as opposed to funny ha-ha, is that in the so-called competitions there is usually only one private sector bidder contending with public employees. Once the work is awarded to a private operator and the public agency contender is eliminated, competition is just a memory.
The drift broadly speaking is part of our evolving corporatist system -- tax subsidies to industry and to capital in general, non-competitive contracts for public work, and trade obstruction for narrow political purposes.
Call it really-existing capitalism.
To dissolve, submerge, and cause to disappear the political or governmental system in the economic system by reducing, simplifying, decentralizing and suppressing, one after another, all the wheels of this great machine, which is called the Government or the State. --Proudhon, General Idea of the Revolution
- Name: Kevin Carson
- Location: Northwest Arkansas, United States