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tatertot464
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tumeric
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Should All Government Services be Privatised

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Started: 1/12/2018 Category: Economics
Updated: 6 months ago Status: Debating Period
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tatertot464

Pro

I believe that we can strengthen the American economy by making police, fire, jails, and other government services owned by private businesses. These businesses would be regulated to make sure that they are acting fairly and they could not form any partnerships with other businesses. Instead of allowing the government to get bigger and bigger, private services would receive government contracts to work in an area. This way, taxes could be lowered and only those who worry that a fire could happen or a crime would happen to them would pay.
tumeric

Con

There's no reason this would strengthen the economy or be better in any way.

How do private business (vs government) strengthen the economy? Government is a reliable buyer of goods and services. In many places the government is the largest buyer. Government is also a predictable employer. Taxes essentially force spending on basics, which is good for the economy. So shrinking government would weaken the economy.

You are setting up a system of negative incentives. For instance, these private services could charge more when there's greater risk of crime or fire and would suffer in safer environments -- an obvious conflict of interests. How many investigations and lawsuits would be required to discover that the police service is enabling or tolerating criminals to keep demand up? Therefore you need to police the police. Very inefficient.
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Posted by tatertot464 5 months ago
tatertot464
When you fail to check your email on a daily basis.

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Posted by be11e 5 months ago
be11e
"could not form any partnerships with other businesses" Does this mean they cannot invest in other companies or sell stock? This would limit their ability to grow, profit, and finance operations. Would they be restricted from lobbying? This would also put them at a financial disadvantage compared with other companies who can.

I don't understand how this would be paid for. Can you elaborate on that?
Posted by Pill_Junkie_Monkey 6 months ago
Pill_Junkie_Monkey
But muh roooads!
Posted by DrCereal 6 months ago
DrCereal
What do you mean by "should"?
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