Tuesday, June 18, 2013

the real conflict-of-interest

One of the main conservative arguments against public sector labor unions is that because unions lobby the same governments that their members work for, it creates a kind of conflict of interest. (For example, here and here and here). The exact same argument can be used against privatization of government services. And unlike labor unions which are governed by people elected by the membership, government contractors are non-democratically governed for-profit entities, with even more incentive to soak the public coffers. So the conflict of interest is actually many many times worse.

And that's why, as good of an idea it would be to make spies government employees again, it will never actually happen. That $56 billion dollar industry will make sure it doesn't.