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The nightmare scenario when public services are privatized

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Baron Scicluna, Jun 19, 2012.

  1. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    The New York Times is doing a series on New Jersey's halfway houses, with a special focus on the Bo Robinson center in Trenton, which is a private facility that receives government money.

    What the Times found is Exhibit A on the pitfalls of letting private businesses making money off of social services.

    Multiple inmates and workers describe a place that is so bad, inmates are begging to be sent back to prison because they feel prison is ... of all things ... safer.

    The Times described...

    * Inmates being raped by workers and fellow inmates, with no prosecutions
    * Drug and alcohol counseling that is being run by gangs
    * The counseling being run by workers with just a high school diploma
    * A 73 percent rate of drug testing failure among one group studied
    * Inmate to staff ratios that are about 300 inmates to one or two staffers
    * Having a sole woman staffer try to guard hundreds of inmates
    * Guards (and that term can be used very loosely) being trained for eight days, as opposed to those socialistic-inspired union correction guards, who get trained for 15 weeks.
    * Guards (yeah, right), being paid $10.50 an hour to risk their lives, as opposed to those lazy Commie correction officers.
    * Falsified reports that the company sends into the government
    * Guards who are practically gang members themselves


    Yep, those government services provided by those lazy government workers with good benefits are just soooo inefficient. ::)
  2. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    Any judges being bribed like they were in Pennsylvania to send kids to private juvenile facilities?
  3. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    Like the tub-thumpers for privatization give a single solitary droplet of shit about any of this.

    Once again it comes down to: they don't want to pay one rusty nickel in taxes for anything, at all, period.
  4. britwrit

    britwrit Well-Known Member

    In such a corruption-free state, who could've ever foreseen this happening?
  5. silent_h

    silent_h Member

    Disagree. They're quite happy to pay many, many shiny nickels for weapons systems and defense contracts. Veterans' care not so much.
  6. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    If you don't want to get raped in a gang-infested halfway house, don't jaywalk or whatever.

    Or if you do commit a crime, do it at Zag's house. He'll put you out of your misery straight away.
  7. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    I know it will be insane when the postal service, which hemmorrhages money, actually could turn a profit like FedEx or UPS.
  8. Azrael

    Azrael Well-Known Member

    To be fair, a government entity like the postal service was never meant to show a profit.

    And a profit is much easier to show when you're charging ten times more per ounce for the same service.
  9. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Yeah. That's why it's called the "postal service." It was designed from the outset to provide a service, not make a profit.
  10. Azrael

    Azrael Well-Known Member

  11. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    And yet people complain when the cost of stamps go up.
  12. Zeke12

    Zeke12 Guest

    The post office loses money on paper because a Republican congress rigged it to look that way.

    You could, as they say, look it up.
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