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Rebuilding America
Dems May Come Around on Privatized Infrastructure
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  • Andrew Allison

    what the NYT, WPO and the other DNC fake news outlets have to say about Cuomo’s remarks?

    • JR

      A much more interesting question (at least to me) is what does our resident Statist, Comrade Friendly Goat, has to say?

      • Andrew Allison

        Who gives a sxxt? The Goat, like so many of his ilk, is incapable of rational thought.

        • JR

          I find human minds fascinating. Never more say than when they have to deal with cognitive dissonance. The justifications are amazing.

          • Andrew Allison

            There are some minds which are not worth spending time thinking about. Doesn’t the frenzied search for any explanation (the fake news story from the purveyors of fake news being the latest) other than the obvious one for Hillary’s loss make it obvious that they’re completely brainwashed?

        • Tom

          It’s not that he’s incapable of rational thought–on foreign policy, he’s usually relatively somewhat cogent.
          But when it comes to domestic policy it’s like he outsources his thought process to the Daily Kos.

  • LarryD

    Government projects have a competency problem because too many “stakeholders” view them as an opportunity for graft. Exactly what “gaming the system” means. Building or maintaining something is a low priority.

  • FriendlyGoat

    Three guys discussing FG’s take on subject. Wow. Here is it. 1) If the “design-build” does not turn out to be some sort of “cost-plus” arrangement, it might be a reasonable approach. But that many not exactly happen due to private companies’ incapacity or unwillingness to absorb enormous losses which might fall to them if they have errors in their bidding. 2) The “waste” associated with government ineptitude “goes somewhere”. To the extent it is spread around over a lot of people, it is a form of beneficial stimulus—-that is, more beneficial than if the suppliers and laborers are penny-pinched and the “waste” of a contractor’s (possible) excess profit on a job goes only upward to people already wealthy in the first place. (Corporate income taxes are supposed to be high enough to fix that, of course, but after they are gutted, then the outsourcing of government work could certainly take on new forms of “waste” risks. 3) Some Democrats can be made to “come around” on nearly anything, which does not even have much bearing on whether an idea is good. 4) “Privatization” of infrastructure is not really about who builds it, but rather about who is permitted to charge whom for using it—-and how much.

  • Jim__L

    There are huge privacy issues and transaction costs that go with toll roads and bridges. Airports and other facilities should probably be private; roads should absolutely not.

  • Boritz

    “the government hands off an entire project to a private bidder.”

    They will hand it off to Billy Bob’s cousin’s brother-in-law’s friend. How will this improve things?

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