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Stop Trump’s Privatization Agenda


#1

Stop Trump’s Privatization Agenda

Dave Johnson

President Trump is said to be preparing to privatize key public services, including the Veterans Administration (VA), public schools, and public broadcasting, expanding private prisons and launching a privatized infrastructure program.

Republicans in Congress want to go even further, to privatize Medicare, the Postal Service, National Parks, air traffic control and other functions of our government. This is on top of previous privatizations of military contracts, and even the Senate cafeteria.


#2

"Why is privatization such a priority for the Trump Administration ?"

Most of the Trump Regime's key appointees have already made millions or billions from decriminalized financial fraud schemes and privatizations schemes.


#3

Glad to see this finally get some coverage. Huge problem that many (not here) are unaware of.


#4

(I have posted this reply elsewhere on this site, but it seems appropriate here as well.)

If you want the rest of the story, Google H.R. 610. SCARY STUFF! This is the school funding bill working its way through the House while we are all distracted by the Sock Puppet-In-Chief. Heck, I'll just put it here:

"Choices in Education Act of 2017

This bill repeals the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and limits the authority of the Department of Education (ED) such that ED is authorized only to award block grants to qualified states.

The bill establishes an education voucher program, through which each state shall distribute block grant funds among local educational agencies (LEAs) based on the number of eligible children within each LEA's geographical area. From these amounts, each LEA shall: (1) distribute a portion of funds to parents who elect to enroll their child in a private school or to home-school their child, and (2) do so in a manner that ensures that such payments will be used for appropriate educational expenses.

To be eligible to receive a block grant, a state must: (1) comply with education voucher program requirements, and (2) make it lawful for parents of an eligible child to elect to enroll their child in any public or private elementary or secondary school in the state or to home-school their child.

No Hungry Kids Act

The bill repeals a specified rule that established certain nutrition standards for the national school lunch and breakfast programs. (In general, the rule requires schools to increase the availability of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat or fat free milk in school meals; reduce the levels of sodium, saturated fat, and trans fat in school meals; and meet children's nutritional needs within their caloric requirements.)"

That last bit seems to be directed at Michelle Obama. Petty enough for you?

BTW, The ESEA of 1965 is the Federal Government's funding mechanism for US schools. Funding is currently divided into nine categories, Title I through Title IX. ALL WOULD BE ELIMINATED!


#5

Why not call these "privatizers" what they really are – PRIVATEERS!!


#6

The idea of the neo-liberals who are trying to prevent the government from spending money is to say, "Well, if the government can't run a deficit then it can't spend money on roads and infrastructure and schools, they'll have to privatize it." if we can privatize the economy then we can turn the whole public sector into a monopoly. We can treat what used to be the government sector as a new financial monopoly. And instead of giving free schooling, medical care roads, clean air and water etc. we can charge fees to the public for service that were previously provide by the commons.

Steve Bannon
" I'm a Leninist, Lenin wanted to destroy the state, and that is my goal too. I want to bring everything crashing down, destroying all of today's establishment. Told to the Daily Beast in 2013.
Sounds much like "shrinking the government to a small enough size that it can be drowned in a bathtub."


#7

Isn't this the infamous rule under which PIZZA - due to its having some (GMO?) tomato in the sauce - was declared by Repooplican lawmakers to be a VEGETABLE for school lunch purposes?!?!?


#8

The problem is the 'what can you do' part. The only comment is contact representatives. Ya, well. I have three Democrats for that, who are already against trump - but that's not going to be able to address this issue.


#9

The press is a huge part of this problem. Imagine if every time a government contractor was mentioned, their CEO's salary was printed and a note that we taxpayers are paying it. Stories about Mylan's epi-pen costs barely mentioned that the pentagon developed the epi-pen with taxpayer's money. The press should have emphasized that congress is giving away our investments instead of allowing taxpayers to benefit like private investors would. Why on the heels of Edward Snowden's revelations did the press not emphasize that our secrets were not being collected by the government but by a private unaccountable contractor established to make a fortune from a job that should strictly be done by government. What if there was a taxpayer's movement that the government give no contracts to firms that pay their CEO's more than 50 times their lowest paid employees. Privatization would end fast.


#10

Yes, like Mnuchin.


#11

It's the taxpayers who invest in the government that was founded by us, the people. We "invested" in a military, infrastructure, schools, and even the salaries of elected officials. Taking our tax money only to invest in scams that make profits for corporations is indeed not the intent of even having a government in the first place. It was the rethugs and the lyin' neoliberals who started this for profit scheme thinking that the public would be fooled into thinking that it was cheaper and more profitable for them. You know- just be blinded by how the DOW is doing .


#12

It is the collision of immoral power with powerless morality that constitutes the major crisis we are facing today


#13

I like the term ROBBER-BARRONS. These are sleezeballs that poison the quality of life for us all with the ink of corrupt lawmaker's pens.


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The good news is HR 610 was introduced almost two months ago, is still in committee, and has only 3 cosponsors. It's likely not going very far this session, but we have yet to see what will be done in the budget, if the House can produce one. Either way, 3 cosponsors is three too many.


#15

Fascists works, too.


#16

I think the Reagan administration tried to label ketchup a vegetable because of the tomato content.


#17

Privatization has been going on for a very long time. The Virginia and Massachusetts colonies were corporations before they became states. Robber Barons got uber-rich because of government handouts of property and favors. Education is nearly privatized with charter schools and vouchers draining public school budgets. Healthcare has always been privatized for the vast majority. The list is endless: capitalism works against our better angels; it is the antithesis of the Golden Rule. And while Trump may be the loudest and clumsiest privateer, he is by no means the progenitor of privatization, just one of the few who has personally benefited from the collective loss of security, prosperity, and happiness of generations of toiling Americans, the most productive workers in the world.

Calling it by its rightful name might be helpful in stopping it. It is fascism. The Constitution is a property rights document, and without vigilant democrats (small d) it can easily lean fascist, which it is doing. We need to take away corporate rights and money as speech, if we ever hope to perfect a democracy and stop the fascist privatization of the commons.


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I will again post this quote that speaks directly to the (now extinct) vision of The Founders that made the Common Good central to the public purposes of much of what they tried to accomplish - now debased and perverted by ignorance on a grand scale.

The current vision of common greed aided by government is an atrocity - a crime against the American public and our republic - too bad so many are so ignorant of how the Common Good has been diminished - common assent sold-off to big-money interests (like the public airwaves) for their own narrow profit. There has never been such a malignant and ignorant vision and narrow-minded purpose as the trump regime's agenda of theft from the public sphere (what's left of it) to private. The exposure, indictment, prosecution of these crimes cries for justice, but we are ruled by corrupt people of astonishingly low moral character.

"Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity and happiness of the people; and not for the profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men: Therefore the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government; and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity and happiness require it." - John Adams


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But that's the madness of what Jello Biafra, he singer from the political punk rock band The Dead Kennedys, got himself declared permanent absolute persona non grata on TV for calling it (to Bill Maher's face) "wealth addiction." That's what it is. No matter how much money they get ahold of, it's never enough.

In his novel "The Bonfire of the Vanities" by Tom Wolfe (1987 ) the lead character constantly frets that the demands made on his newly gained fortune has him "hemorrhaging money." I spent a spell of my life in "rich people country" -- I wasn't one of then, just the offspring of one of the service staff. But I did get to hear them talk and learned that the more money they have the more they fear that they'll lose it all.

They believe the fact that they have it proves they deserve it, and that people who tell them they couldn't possibly need all that money and that perhaps some of it ought to go to covering government expenses -- well, they believe that this idea is motivated by unearned envy and that if they let loose of a single dime the hole will be opened and all of it will get sucked away by "the undeserving poor." One small open wealth wound can never be staunched and the hemorrhaging, once begun, will remove all they feel "blessed" to have..

That's what is behind their fear of minorities, refugees trying to escape intolerable conditions, or anything that smacks of communism, socialism, liberalism, anf pleas to help the needy -- it all activates their addicts' feat that being deprived of even some of what they feel they need brings on that drug withdrawal called poverty, and that would kill them. They really are like that. Believe me.


#20

Thank you, Dave. You're keeping us all up to speed. Sure is gonna be hard to undo all these wounds.