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Given Today’s Definition of “Reform” it is time for an “Anti-Reform” Movement

March 13, 2018

Over the years as I’ve written this blog, it has become evident to me that Ronald Reagan’s mantra that “government is the problem” has a stranglehold on the thinking among voters… and that anti-government mindset plays to the selfishness and short-sighted mentality that underlies voters’ desire to choose agreeable fantasies over hard truths. The corollary to the Reagan mantra is the belief that the marketplace can solve social problems far more effectively than the government can, a belief that leads to adoption of ideas like social impact bonds and private-public partnerships and outright privatization of public services like police, fire departments, and public schools.

“Reform” as it is now defined means the privatization of public utilities and services… and ALL public sector employees should find a common cause in opposing this privatization pitched as “reform”. The privatization movement underlies the abandonment of net neutrality, the private-public partnerships that will turn interstate highways into toll roads, social impact bonds that are designed to supplant government agencies, the union-busting cases presented to the Supreme Court, and— yes— the privatization of public schools.

There are a bloc of voters who use politicians’ stands on the 2nd amendment as a litmus test… and a bloc of voters who use politicians’ stands on abortion as a litmus test… why couldn’t there be a bloc of voters who use politicians’ stands on “reform” as a litmus test? Maybe it’s time for someone to make the public aware of the long term consequences of “reform” as we define it today and convince the public that government intervention and regulation is a good thing and not a burden.

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