For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple and wrong – HL Menken
If you wonder why after 8 years the Republicans didn’t have a better solution to the Affordable Care Act, it’s because they did have a solution.
Apparently Republicans have 2 solutions for every problem:
- Smaller Government with less regulations
- Privatize it!
They think that just by privatizing something with complex problems, the free hand of the market will magically solve and optimize them.
However this is not true. And if you listen carefully, this is their solution to everything instead of defining objectives and using smart policies to meet them.
Privatize to Optimize
Need better health care? Privatize it!
Need better schools? Privatize it!
Need a better voting system? Privatize it!
Need better infrastructure? Privatize it!
Need a better military? Privatize it! (Blackwater/Halliburton/Brown and Root)
… They’ve got everything you need
Roll up for the Mystery Tour
Roll up Satisfaction guaranteed
…The magical mystery tour is coming to take you away
Coming to take you away
The magical mystery tour is dying to take you away
Dying to take you away, take you today – The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour
The other incentive of course is that once privatized the private corporations can now donate part of their protected profits back to the politicians that enabled the privatization! And they are working for their shareholders instead of common citizens.
The mantra that profit is a panacea for everything and that personal rights trump collective good is frequently misguided and potentially disastrous. (“Libertarian ideology is the enemy of science” Guardian 8/29/14 David Robert Grimes)