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Team Is Stacked With Privatization Enthusiasts

 

 

If these officials get their way, America’s schools, roads, prisons, immigrant-detention centers, and critical social-insurance programs will soon fall into private hands.

 

 

The traditional media has yearned of late to deem Donald Trump’s White House staff and cabinet a “team of rivals,” with wide disagreements on economic policy. I don’t really see it; despite a few variances here and there, by and large Trump’s advisers all fall in a comfortably snug ideological range, with dedication to doctrinaire conservative economic beliefs about tax cuts and deregulation. And another area of consensus sticks out: the idea that government should outsource public functions to private industry.

In the Public Interest, a research organization monitoring privatization, has compiled a list of 32 different members of the Trump transition team or formal nominees for top agencies who have either close ties to privatization groups, or demonstrated support for the philosophy. If these officials get their way—and there’s no reason to think they won’t—America’s schools, roads, air-traffic-control systems, prisons, immigrant-detention centers, and critical social-insurance programs will soon fall into private hands.

“Donald Trump ran on improving the lives of working families, yet he’s surrounding himself with people that want to line the pockets of corporations and the politically connected,” said Donald Cohen, executive director of In the Public Interest, in a statement.

The list includes Vice President-elect Mike Pence, a leader of ultimately unsuccessful efforts to privatize Social Securityduring the Bush administration, along with high-profile cabinet picks like education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos (a known advocate of steering public money to private charter schools), health and human services selection Tom Price (whose relentless advocacy for the privatization of Medicare is well-documented), and defense secretary James Mattis (recipient of almost $1 million in compensation as a board member of major defense contractor General Dynamics).

One lesser-known connection is between attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions and the private-prison industry. In October, a couple months after the Justice Department announced that they would phase out the use of private contractors in federal correctional facilities, Geo Group, one of the two dominant private-prison operators, hired two former Sessions aides as lobbyists. Sessions is expected to reverse the privatization phase-out (which wasn’t much of a phase-out at all, actually, as Obama’s Bureau of Prisons renewed a private-prison contract just last month).

But perhaps even more troubling than the cabinet choices are the less visible members of the transition policy and implementation teams. These staffers will play a key role in hiring the thousands of lower-profile policy-makers the president gets to appoint. Seeding the federal bureaucracy with privatization fans at a level closer to policy execution will facilitate the outsourcing of public functions almost as much as a directive from a cabinet official.

So we should be concerned about people like Martin Whitmer, the point person for the transportation and infrastructure policy staff. A lobbyist and former Bush transportation official, Whitmer previously ran the “public-private ventures division” at the American Road & Transportation Builders Association. Shirley Ybarra, leading the Department of Transportation transition, literally wrotethe Virginia Public-Private Transportation Act of 1995 while deputy secretary of transportation of the commonwealth. Jim Carafano, a Heritage Foundation vice president working on the State Department transition, has advocated similar public-private projects for homeland-security operations.

This suggests strong advocacy in Trumpworld for public-private partnerships, which provide additional capital for infrastructure projects but which have been sharply criticized for putting commonly used services like roads and bridges under private control. Despite claims that these setups save taxpayer dollars, they really act as a privately collected tax, paid out over decades in tolls and fees. Trump’s blueprint for the first 100 days highlights an infrastructure plan that “leverages public-private partnerships.”

ALL GIFTS MATCHED, DOLLAR-FOR-DOLLAR, UNTIL 12/31. SUPPORT FEARLESS, INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM.

Other officials have even closer ties to privatization schemes. Lore Ries, on the Department of Homeland Security transition team, has not only lobbied for a number of homeland-security contractors; she currently works for CSRA International, a technology contractor that privately runs gang databases for the FBI, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and 13 states. Seema Verna, the nominee to run the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, is known for redesigning the Medicaid program in Indiana. But as a health-policy consultant, she also assisted Iowa in privatizing their Medicaid system by shifting it to managed care.

Other notable officials include Kay Cole James, who supported privatizing the collection of Virginia’s child-support payments when she ran the state’s department of Health and Human Resources. She’s on the Trump management and budget transition team.

Myron Ebell, the notorious Competitive Enterprise Institute official leading the Trump EPA transition, worked in the 1990s on replacing the Endangered Species Act with a “incentive-based conservation program” that would have paid off landownersto create viable habitats. This would turn a regulatory structure completely over to the market.

The perspective of Trump’s crew can be best summed up by transition team member and former Heritage Foundation president Edwin Feulner, who said in 2013 that “any government function that can be found in the yellow pages should be a candidate for privatization.”

 

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Bush and Cheney damn near bankrupted the world economy which cost the USA a lot of money to bail out no only USA financial institutions but how about those friends of ours abroad that got burned on bundles of bad home loans thanks to Wall Street banks?

 

Will TRUMP be the the next Libertarian conservative fascist pig to fuck up the financial institutions KNOWINGLY then come ask USA taxpayers to bail out the criminal activity that has prevailed since Reagan/Bush? Or is Trump just a dumb puppet?

 

AS I have stated there is nothing fiscal conservative nor fiscal responsible about this group of libertarian fascist pigs.

 

Could the Clinton's be part of this? Bill is not as clean as the white falling snow. Nor is Hillary. Both are of the Democratic Leadership Council mindset. Yes I voted for Bill twice before realizing I fucked up.

I choose not to live in denial.

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Bush and Cheney damn near bankrupted the world economy which cost the USA a lot of money to bail out no only USA financial institutions but how about those friends of ours abroad that got burned on bundles of bad home loans thanks to Wall Street banks?

 

Will TRUMP be the the next Libertarian conservative fascist pig to fuck up the financial institutions KNOWINGLY then come ask USA taxpayers to bail out the criminal activity that has prevailed since Reagan/Bush? Or is Trump just a dumb puppet?

 

AS I have stated there is nothing fiscal conservative nor fiscal responsible about this group of libertarian fascist pigs.

 

Could the Clinton's be part of this? Bill is not as clean as the white falling snow. Nor is Hillary. Both are of the Democratic Leadership Council mindset. Yes I voted for Bill twice before realizing I fucked up.

I choose not to live in denial.

Bush & Cheney were not responsible for the housing bubble, in fact, Bush predicted it and tried to get Congress to do their jobs SEVENTEEN times.

The law that created the bubble was passed by Carter, and widely expanded by Clinton.

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Bush & Cheney were not responsible for the housing bubble, in fact, Bush predicted it and tried to get Congress to do their jobs SEVENTEEN times.

The law that created the bubble was passed by Carter, and widely expanded by Clinton.

 

 

I see. And Clinton drove those planes into the World Trade Towers, correct?

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"Bush & Cheney were not responsible for the housing bubble"

 

 

guess thats why bush called himself "The Housing President"

 

 

WASHINGTON — "We can put light where there's darkness, and hope where there's despondency in this country. And part of it is working together as a nation to encourage folks to own their own home."

- President George W. Bush, Oct. 15, 2002

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"Bush & Cheney were not responsible for the housing bubble"

guess thats why bush called himself "The Housing President"

WASHINGTON — "We can put light where there's darkness, and hope where there's despondency in this country. And part of it is working together as a nation to encourage folks to own their own home."

- President George W. Bush, Oct. 15, 2002

Oh, don't get me wrong, Bush contributed his fair share. But it was ingrained federal policy by then.

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President Bush was not responsible for defending the US from attack, an ex-president was. Sound logic.

Can you point out who said "Bush was not responsible for defending the US from attack"?

No, of course not, because you made that shit up.

 

It's what liberals do when they can't debate the facts.

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For much of the Bush presidency, the White House was preoccupied by terrorism and war; on the economic front, its pressing concerns were cutting taxes and privatizing Social Security

 

And don't forget the Iraq War, which we're still embroiled in.

Can you point out who said "Bush was not responsible for defending the US from attack"?

No, of course not, because you made that shit up.

 

It's what liberals do when they can't debate the facts.

 

Good, you admit Bush failed to defend our nation.

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As for Bush's banking regulators, they once brandished a chain saw over a 9,000-page pile of regulations as they promised to ease burdens on the industry. When states tried to use consumer protection laws to crack down on predatory lending, the comptroller of the currency blocked the effort, asserting that states had no authority over national banks.


Bush failed to defend our nation.

Damn right!
Here, in stark contrast, is part of the Bush-Cheney anti-terrorism record before September 11, 2001:

-- Backed off Clinton administration's anti-terrorism efforts.
-- Shelved Hart-Rudman report.
-- Appointed new anti-terrorism task force under Dick Cheney. Group did not even meet before 9/11.
-- Called for cuts in anti-terrorism efforts by the Department of Defense
-- Gave no priority to anti-terrorism efforts by Justice Department.
-- Ignored warnings from Louis Freeh about the urgency of terrorist threats.
-- Halted Predator drone tracking of Osama bin Laden.
-- Did nothing in wake of August 6 C.I.A. report to president saying Al Qaeda attack by hijack of an airliner almost certain.
----Now we've got Bush knowing about the terrorists plans, and the fact that they were in flight schools in the US, and little georgie takes a four week vacation..
-- By failing to order any coordination of intelligence data, missed opportunity to stop the 9/11 plot as Clinton-Gore had stopped the millennium plot.
--Blamed Clinton for 9/11.

--In the meantime, his father was working for bin Laden's family business. "Wall St Journal: Bush SR in Business With bin Laden Conglomerate" CARLYLE GROUP, Washington DC

bush's Housing Crisis

 

The administration won that fight at the Supreme Court. But Roy Cooper, North Carolina's attorney general, said, "They took 50 sheriffs off the beat at a time when lending was becoming the Wild West."

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And don't forget the Iraq War, which we're still embroiled in.

Good, you admit Bush failed to defend our nation.

You're right. He should have been standing in that airport stopping the terrorists from getting on those planes. That bastard!

The attacks took place less than 8 months after he took office. What exactly did you expect him to do?

 

Oh wait, that was the PDB that said "bin laden determined to strike in U.S." Well no shit. Damn shame there wasn't any actionable intelligence behind that headline, wasn't it?

Telling Bush that OBL wanted to attack us since 1997 was a great help! As were all the references to airplane hijackings as a means to get terrorists released from jail.

As for Bush's banking regulators, they once brandished a chain saw over a 9,000-page pile of regulations as they promised to ease burdens on the industry. When states tried to use consumer protection laws to crack down on predatory lending, the comptroller of the currency blocked the effort, asserting that states had no authority over national banks.

Bush failed to defend our nation.

Damn right!
Here, in stark contrast, is part of the Bush-Cheney anti-terrorism record before September 11, 2001:

 

-- Backed off Clinton administration's anti-terrorism efforts.

-- Shelved Hart-Rudman report.

-- Appointed new anti-terrorism task force under Dick Cheney. Group did not even meet before 9/11.

-- Called for cuts in anti-terrorism efforts by the Department of Defense

-- Gave no priority to anti-terrorism efforts by Justice Department.

-- Ignored warnings from Louis Freeh about the urgency of terrorist threats.

-- Halted Predator drone tracking of Osama bin Laden.

-- Did nothing in wake of August 6 C.I.A. report to president saying Al Qaeda attack by hijack of an airliner almost certain.

----Now we've got Bush knowing about the terrorists plans, and the fact that they were in flight schools in the US, and little georgie takes a four week vacation..

-- By failing to order any coordination of intelligence data, missed opportunity to stop the 9/11 plot as Clinton-Gore had stopped the millennium plot.

--Blamed Clinton for 9/11.

 

--In the meantime, his father was working for bin Laden's family business. "Wall St Journal: Bush SR in Business With bin Laden Conglomerate" CARLYLE GROUP, Washington DC

bush's Housing Crisis

 

The administration won that fight at the Supreme Court. But Roy Cooper, North Carolina's attorney general, said, "They took 50 sheriffs off the beat at a time when lending was becoming the Wild West."

17 times. That's how many times Bush tried to get Congress to reign in Carter and Clinton's mess.

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17 times. That's how many times Bush tried to get Congress to reign in Carter and Clinton's mess.

LMAO.....let me guess....o'LIEly said that

Under President Clinton:

-- Developed the nation's first anti-terrorism policy, and appointed first national coordinator of anti-terrorist efforts.

--Stopped cold the Al Qaeda millennium bombing plot.
--Stopped cold the planned attack to kill the Pope
--Stopped cold the planned attack to blow up 12 U.S. jetliners simultaneously
--Stopped cold the planned attack to blow up UN Headquarters
--Stopped cold the planned attack to blow up FBI Headquarters
--Stopped cold the planned attack to blow up the Israeli Embassy in Washington
--Stopped cold the planned attack to blow up Boston airport
--Stopped cold the planned attack to blow up Lincoln and Holland Tunnels in NY
--Stopped cold the planned attack to blow up the George Washington Bridge
--Stopped cold the planned attack to blow up the US Embassy in Albania

-- Tried to kill Osama bin Laden and disrupt Al Qaeda through preemptive strikes (efforts denounced by the G.O.P.).

-- Brought perpetrators of first World Trade Center bombing and CIA killings to justice.

-- Did not blame Bush I administration for first World Trade Center bombing even though it occurred 38 days after they had left office. Instead, worked hard, even obsessively -- and successfully -- to stop future terrorist attacks.

--Named the Hart-Rudman commission to report on nature of terrorist threats and major steps to be taken to combat terrorism.

-Clinton sent legislation to Congress to TIGHTEN AIRPORT SECURITY. (Remember, this is before 911) The legislation was defeated by the Republicans because of opposition from the airlines.

-Clinton sent legislation to Congress to allow for BETTER TRACKING OF TERRORIST FUNDING. It was defeated by Republicans in the Senate because of opposition from banking interests.

-Clinton sent legislation to Congress to add tagents to explosives, to allow for BETTER TRACKING OF EXPLOSIVES USED BY TERRORISTS. It was defeated by the Republicans because of opposition from the NRA.

-Clinton increased the military budget by an average of 14 per cent, reversing the trend under Bush I.

-Clinton tripled the budget of the FBI for counterterrorism and doubled overall funding for counterterrorism
-Clinton detected and destroyed cells of Al Qaeda in over 20 countries
-Clinton created national stockpile of drugs and vaccines including 40 million doses of smallpox vaccine.

-Of Clinton's efforts says Robert Oakley, Reagan Ambassador for Counterterrorism: "Overall, I give them very high marks" and "The only major criticism I have is the obsession with Osama"

-Paul Bremer, current Civilian Administrator of Iraq disagrees slightly with Robert Oakley as he believed the Clinton Administration had "correctly focused on bin Laden.

-Barton Gellman in the Washington Post put it best, "By any measure available, Clinton left office having given greater priority to terrorism than any president before him" and was the "first administration to underatake a systematic anti-terrorist effort"

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Bush & Cheney were not responsible for the housing bubble, in fact, Bush predicted it and tried to get Congress to do their jobs SEVENTEEN times.

The law that created the bubble was passed by Carter, and widely expanded by Clinton.

 

The regulators were part of the Bush admin who had a name like Hank Paulson perhaps from Goldman-Sachs ......... Hank could have intervened and cut off the illegal bank loans. And forbid the sale of bad home loan bundles as well.

 

--- The Bush/Cheney Wall Street Home Loan Heist

http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2009/0709macewan.html

 

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/02/25/700272/-FBI-Kills-RUSH-s-Blame-the-Borrower-Meme-and-Ignore-the-Money-Launderers-UPDATED

 

--- What happened to the $700 billion of bank bail out money?

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/9/10/good_billions_after_bad_one_year

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The president did push rules aimed at requiring lenders to explain loan terms more clearly. But the White House shelved them in 2004, after industry-friendly members of Congress threatened to block confirmation of his new housing secretary.



In the 2004 election cycle, mortgage bankers and brokers poured nearly $847,000 into Bush's re-election campaign, more than triple their contributions in 2000, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.


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The regulators were part of the Bush admin who had a name like Hank Paulson perhaps from Goldman-Sachs ......... Hank could have intervened and cut off the illegal bank loans. And forbid the sale of bad home loan bundles as well.

 

--- The Bush/Cheney Wall Street Home Loan Heist

http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2009/0709macewan.html

 

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/02/25/700272/-FBI-Kills-RUSH-s-Blame-the-Borrower-Meme-and-Ignore-the-Money-Launderers-UPDATED

 

--- What happened to the $700 billion of bank bail out money?

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/9/10/good_billions_after_bad_one_year

No dumbass. Congress was in charge of the regulators. Barney Frank and Chris Dodd, specifically.

Barney was more interested if fucking them, than regulating them.

 

And don't post stupid shit like DailyKoz, DemocracyNow. No one is going to read that stupid shit.

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