Saturday, June 16, 2007

Governor Privatize

Personally, I think there are plenty of worse things a governor could be nicknamed. Indiana governor Mitch Daniels has earned the nickname due in large part to his leasing of the Indiana Toll Road to a private entity for 75 years. Predictably, privatization of government assets and/or services is being demonized by many of the usual suspects. While, in general, I support such privatization efforts, I have to say that I have heard few arguments in favor of them better than those offered by Governor Privatize:

"From his printer, he pulled out a sheet of paper bearing a one-sentence quotation attributed to a Democrat, former Gov. Mario M. Cuomo of New York: 'It is not government’s obligation to provide services, but to see they’re provided.'

"'Government is the last monopoly,' Mr. Daniels said. 'So competition is the key. That’s why I’m indifferent — public or private, as long as the benefits of competition are brought to bear.'"


Template Designed by Douglas Bowman - Updated to Beta by: Blogger Team
Modified for 3-Column Layout by Hoctro