Walker now wants to privatize Food Share

Hey Scott, 10% public bloat isn’t as bad as 20% private overhead!

By Jack E. Lohman

Give Walker this… when he favors his campaign contributors he doesn’t waiver. He’s as true to their wants as could be expected.

Yes, there’s probably 10% of the current Food Share program that is wasted and it should be fixed. But not by outsourcing to private industry that will need 20% just to cover CEO salaries, shareholder profits and campaign contributions.

Campaign contributions???

Absolutely. Remember that public entities cannot give campaign cash but private entities can, so politicians will always prefer private over public. Walker demonstrated this when he wanted to privatize Milwaukee’s Mitchell airport, and again when as governor he privatized our state’s Department of Commerce. And now wants to sell off state-owned energy plants, likely to the Koch Brothers, his 4th largest contributors.

Food Share is the latest…

… as described by the Journal Sentinel:

In a statement released Thursday, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said, “Recent state agency privatization initiatives in Texas and Indiana have been complete failures, marked by technical difficulties, staffing shortages, and inadequate training of private call-center staff and resulting in adverse impacts on the state and its people.

“USDA will continue to work with Wisconsin to improve its program delivery and integrity so that the most vulnerable people in the state receive the nutrition benefits they need,” Vilsack said.

So Walker wants to run government like a business???

Scott, get this: NO private business — NOT ONE — would EVER permit an employee to give away corporate assets for cash bribes on the side, but that is exactly what is permitted in your political system, and by extension, in the private system you want to employ.

If  Walker wants to fix our budget, he needs only to push for an honest legislature! Get the money out of politics and he’ll be a state hero and lock himself into a second term.

Some things are properly run by businesses… like selling toasters and other products. They call this “elastic” because true competition exists. Inelastic businesses are noncompetitive, like hospitals that employ their own physicians, energy companies that enjoy a regulated monopoly, police and fire departments, etc. Schools are (or should be) competitive with their charter (private) counterparts, but the unions (who also give campaign cash) want nothing to do with that idea.

Remember that (most) politicians will always prefer private for the reasons given above, but the public should not. At least not while campaign bribes remain legal, thus allowing corporations to own our politicians. And money coming from both the left and the right causes an avalanche, which benefits both political parties.

Let’s give him a chance???

Yea, I once supported that. And we gave him a chance and he blew it. Walker is obviously misdirected because his funders want him misdirected. Republican voters haven’t caught on to the high costs of political corruption, and the Democrats just don’t seem to get it either. They are being outspent and staying away from the polls when they must instead get back into the game.

But they need more than money; they need voters. 2012 will be key. Maybe the recalls will head off some of Wisconsin’s problems, but nonetheless we must either throw the bastards out or throw in the towel.

All recall leaders must join forces with the campaign reformers, and act as a single voice. Otherwise nothing will get done.

3 Responses to Walker now wants to privatize Food Share

  1. Gregg says:

    Another great post. Thanks Jack!!

  2. Hank says:

    Remember that bribing a private company employee is not a crime, but of course bribing a state employee is a felony.

    These privatized employees are setting themselves up to rake in heavy bribes from corporate vendors and even some ordinary citizen who wants Food Stamps. Then the bribe takers kick back big bucks to Walker and the GOP. The new Gilded Age of the 1800’s.

  3. That’s the way the game is played, Hank.