August 10, 2011

Government allocation of resources

Government isn't able to allocate money properly. It's a point I argue over and over again with Leftists and other Statists. I never get anywhere but I thought I'd cite another prime example:

Fort Hood jihadist murderer is still receiving paychecks. But the two heroes who stopped him are going to lose their jobs due to cuts

Whenever I argue government spending or even it's role in society I'm given the old saw of "schools, roads and hospitals". That is, without government money, those things would not exist. Delaware is rife with private schools, Christiana and A.I. are both private hospitals and private roads exist elsewhere if not in Delaware. Sweden's roads have been run by a private company for years and their maintenance is half of what the state was spending.

We have private trash collection here and it works rather well. Not so in NJ where the taxes reflect that monopoly. Or in NYC where the Sanitation Department shrewdly schedules their contract negotiations in the dog days of summer. That way when they strike the garbage piles up and it fouls the entire city. (Granted it's been some time since they've had a strike)

Delaware, by some estimates, has about 20% of the population employed by government in one capacity or another. Is every one of those jobs necessary? Should all of those functions be handled by the government? Is it not wiser to create more private sector jobs and relieve the public sector of non-essential functions like trash collection?

What say you? Are there any things you think should be privatized or conversely, private things that should be state run?

Posted by Duffy at August 10, 2011 04:53 PM | TrackBack

Comments  (We reserve the right to edit and/or delete any comments. If your comment is blocked or won't post, e-mail us and we'll post it for you.)

Just like what we have down here -- the Houston ISD school board has laid off several hundred teachers due to budget issues, but refused to fire one determined to have cheated on the big state test that we give our students every year under NCLB.

Posted by: Rhymes With Right at August 11, 2011 12:06 AM

"Is it not wiser to create more private sector jobs and relieve the public sector of non-essential functions like trash collection? "

You have public trash collection? We individually contract at my house outside of Newark and it works great.

Posted by: Jeff the Baptist at August 11, 2011 07:46 AM

@Jeff: I had public trash collection in NJ but I have private here as you do. Private is much better and much cheaper. Which is my argument for privatizing most things.

Posted by: Duffy at August 11, 2011 11:56 AM