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Tue Oct 30, 2012, 07:52 AM

FEMA, Firefighters, EMS, road crews, transit workers, nurses, etc

Those public service workers who attract scorn from right wingers..

Those public service workers whose pensions need cutting, whose wages need scaling back

Those public service workers who are expected to brave the elements & save people/property and restore creature comforts..but who do not deserve them, themselves.

And , many who are not public service employees , but who also work outside in the elements & in danger.. their service is only appreciated when they are saving the day, but when push comes to shove, republicans still begrudge them a living wage, benefits, and a comfortable retirement

For a short time, they will be treated well and praised, but the first time there is even a whiff of a need to raise taxes to PAY for that protection, they will once again, be thrown in the gutter.....until the next crisis.

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Tue Oct 30, 2012, 08:22 AM

1. The government provides needed services more efficiently than private business can.


That is a fact you can see in your own bank account.
These services still cost money though. Think of emergency services as insurance. You pay for insurance, whether you use that insurance or not, correct? Well, think of government services the same way.
For the people themselves providing those services, those are paying jobs. Jobs, the same as in the private sector. They pay taxes, social security, retirement. Pay rent/mortgage, the same as people in the private sector. The only real difference is they work for the local, state or federal government.

Government services do not need to make a profit. They do not need a very highly paid CEO, bonuses, stocks and bond holders to keep in mind. Prime time advertizing, etc. All this has to be paid for by the customer. So how can private enterprise even compete with keeping the costs down.
The fact is they can't. Not only that, they won't because management keeps going after that ever more profit, so they can pay themselves even more.
Think of our health care insurance as the worst case example here.

Privatization = Profitization.
It really is that simple.

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