Although the women of the United States are confined within the narrow circle of domestic life, and their situation is, in some respects, one of extreme dependence, I have nowhere seen woman occupying a loftier position; and if I were asked... in which I have spoken of so many important things done by Americans, to what the singular prosperity and growing strength of that people ought mainly to be attributed, I should reply, To the superiority of their women.

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Why Privitization Can be a Bad Idea

We hear a lot of conservatives saying "privatize" it, which I agree with on one level. But you have to be very careful, because if you tie the money machine of government to a corporation with the police power of the state, you'll get some mighty big corruption. That's what some Pennsylvania teens found out the hard way:

From Ed Brayton at Free Thought Blog:

In a case I’ve mentioned before, two judges from Pennsylvania have pleaded guilty to receiving kickbacks from a private prison company in exchange for sentencing kids to juvenile facilities owned by the company.
Judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan of the Court of Common Pleas in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, plead guilty in open court that they sentenced children to juvenile detention because they were paid off to do it by the PA Childcare and a sister company, Western PA Childcare corporation that ran the private facilities.
Of course, a government operating with sound money doesn't willy nilly get to spread it around, causing a more keener eye to be cast on expenditures. But when a government has money like confetti flying around, who'd notice a few missing kids in exchange for some FRNS?


  1. Our Founders warned us but we were too busy enjoying our prosperity to pay attention to what the elites were doing to us.

  2. Luzerne county is one of the most corrupt in the nation, Chicago aside. But I agree as you comment.


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