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The Breakdown: In an Age of Austerity, Can't the US Cut the Military Budget?

The root of all evil

You can save a bundle of money by getting private contractors out of the government. Any time you bring private enterprise into government, corruption is the result. One of the reforms during the Progressive era was the development of a non-partisan civil service. Government is not a business, and the profit motive has no place in government. Wall Street may give bonuses, but they have no place in government. You do not go into government work looking to make money. Taxpayers should not be contributing to a CEO's million-dollar salaries and their golden parachutes when they screw up their business.

Pervis James Casey

Riverside, CA

Feb 14 2011 - 1:14pm