Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The Perils Of Contracting Out

It seems like every time I pick up a newspaper any more, there's some national scandal about government contracting and procurement policies. It's so bad at the federal level that we now have more private contractors running around in Iraq than U.S. soldiers. The result is huge profits for private companies at taxpayer expense. So much for improving government efficiency! Not only that, but widespread government contracting invariably leads to corruption in our procurement and regulatory processes.

Yet, in spite of decades worth of evidence about waste and corruption, Dino Rossi continues to be a huge supporter of contracting out. He genuinely believes that turning over the functions of government to for-profit businesses is a good idea. The proof is here:

Washington state has been relatively free of the kinds of scandals that are plaguing the federal government. But all that will be at risk if Rossi is allowed to dramatically increase the level of government services that are contracted out to the private sector. -- Dennis

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