That is where corporations and their supporters are moving America and you can see it in the master plan developed by the Brookings Institution. The same plan was announced publically in the UK three years ago and that is what moved me to blogging. When corporations have such a hold on our politicians, do you want all that is government integrated into all that is corporate? What do you get? You get the development plan I introduce under Progressive Issues/Actions. Maryland is ground zero for this corporate state model.....it just needs to get rid of all those pesky public sector unions......teachers, transit workers, public works. Their answer to that....public/private partnerships. We are seeing all these public sector jobs being replaced by private sector.....Teach for America, Veola transportation, public utilities privatized and sold to national energy conglomerates.
If this is happening in your state you can be assured that your elected official is working for corporations not the middle/lower class and that if left unchecked, we will all be living at poverty. Here in Maryland, it is Governor O'Malley, Lt. Gov Brown, Attorney General Gansler, Comptroller Franchot....it is the Baltimore Mayor Rawlings-Blake and City Council members and many of the politicians of the wealthy counties like Montgomery and Howard that are moving Maryland in this direction. CHARTER SCHOOLS THAT CIIRCUMVENT ALL THE RULES FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE NOT PUBLIC------THEY ARE PRIVATE. FAILURE TO ENFORCE THE LAW FOR WHITE COLLAR CRIME IS NOT DEMOCRATIC, IT'S AUTHORITARIAN. We can turn this around if people become engaged and elect REAL PROGRESSIVE POLITICIANS. THE OCCUPY MOVEMENT IS CREATING GRASSROOTS CANDIDATES WE NEED TO CONSIDER NEXT ELECTION! IN MARYLAND......THROW THEM ALL OUT OF OFFICE!
The outsourcing boom Going private State services are increasingly being contracted out. Pitfalls abound Mar 17th 2012 | WAKEFIELD | from the print edition of The Economist
IN THE West Yorkshire town of Wakefield, where the 15th-century Wars of the Roses were slugged out, a quieter revolution is under way. The council, which has a Labour majority, is nonetheless at the sharp end of the Conservative-led national government’s policy of outsourcing public services. Roles from cleaning to asset-management and human resources are open to outside bidders. Many IT services have already been handed over to Siemens.
Two forces are behind a renewed push for an approach pioneered by Margaret Thatcher in the early 1980s. First, spending cuts have forced local authorities to find efficiencies. Wakefield council has to save £67m ($105m) by 2014-15. Changing its IT provision alone could save around £2m, it reckons. Extending a deal with a property-management firm and more flexible working are intended to save costs and reduce the need for office space.
The second thrust comes from the coalition’s desire to reshape and restrict what the state does. Like reformist Labour ministers before him, David Cameron has adopted the ideas of the American theorists David Osborne and Ted Gaebler, whose 1993 book “Reinventing Government” advocated an entrepreneurial approach to public services.
In this section Reprints Related topics Caroline de la Soujeole, an investment banker, says the result is “a golden age of outsourcing”. Contracts worth some £80bn are now being contested by national and local government. She predicts their value will rise to over £140 billion by 2015.
The promise of spoils has brought new energy to the sector. At a recent networking event in London, entrepreneurs pitched their wares to local authorities and government departments. One outfit offered an online advice service for school governors, another a tenancy fraud detection service. Big companies like Mitie, Capita and Serco are highly profitable. That is also the nub of political discomfort, at a time of hostility to “fat cats” enriched by the public purse. The coalition has stopped talking about “outsourcing” because, one ally of the prime minister admits, “it gives the Lib Dems the heebie-jeebies”. Instead, it praises “open public services,” or “multi-sourcing”—that is, mixing providers.
Alas, the coalition’s commitment to forge a “Big Society”, in which charitable and voluntary groups would prosper as the state shrinks, looks a bit threadbare, given the growing heft of major suppliers. To try and revive the dream, smaller firms are to be guaranteed a greater share of government spending. Francis Maude, the cabinet office minister in charge of the reforms, says he will do more to assist not-for-profit bidders.
With the economies and innovations of the private sector come pratfalls. A4E, a private supplier to the Work Programme, which places the long-term unemployed in jobs, has been embroiled in fraud allegations. Emma Harrison, its chairman, has resigned. Mitie, which maintains buildings including the Tower of London, had to eat a mighty portion of humble pie after it emerged in 2010 that the firm had demanded upfront charges from those tendering for government business.
Nor does outsourcing invariably increase efficiency. Concerns that government departments were becoming dependent on big IT providers have led ministries to “in-source” a core of computer experts. Several providers of education services to local authorities have not had their contracts renewed after yielding scant improvements.
But the boom looks unlikely to end soon. Further tight public spending rounds lie ahead and frugal innovation is in demand. “Austerity is the new normal,” says Andrew Haldenby of Reform, a think-tank. And outsourcing is creeping closer to Whitehall’s most cherished fiefs. Sir Jeremy Heywood, the powerful cabinet secretary, has raised the radical prospect of opening policy-making to outsiders, who will bid against civil-service mandarins to advise ministers. Even Mrs Thatcher could hardly have foreseen that.
from the print edition | Britain
Cornell University -----Restructuring Local government
Reinventing Government Sparked by privatization and business-model prescriptions for government, a debate has emerged as to the primary responsibilities of public managers. There are those who see public administration as akin to a business—providing a choice of services to citizens, at the lowest possible cost. Others believe that public management’s responsibilities extend beyond this, to the preservation of public values such as equity, accountability and citizen voice. From this debate stem questions about the nature of citizenship, and the proper relationship between a democratic government and its citizens.
The New Public Management is a concept articulated by David Osborne and Ted Gaebler in their 1992 book Reinventing Government. It applies the business customer service model to government. Citizens are seen as customers and the administrative role is streamlined by converting policy alternatives into market choices. This approach focuses on results and promotes competition inside and outside government. We highlight the debate and recent empirical research.
Its important to understand that these are the public policies of Reagan-Thacher in the 1980s. Clinton/Gore adopted these policies for the Third Way Caucus and Think Tank. These are solid Republican principles that have been pushed into the Democratic Party by Trojan Horse. There has been no honesty in promoting these principles to Democratic voters. There is no positive for the average person.....you will be subject to corporate rule. This is Obama/Biden and it is O'Malley/Brown. If you want to stop this movement....and you can....you must vote these people out and be very watchful for REAL PROGRESSIVES!