July 05, 2017

Tim Kauffman

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New Video: Why privatizing public services hurts everyone (except big business)

Categories: Washington, D.C., Videos, Budget, Privatization, Labor, AFGE National President, U.S. President

Americans suffer when the government sells off our public goods to profiteers

WASHINGTON – A new video from the American Federation of Government Employees illustrates how Americans suffer when the government hands over our public services to for-profit corporations.

“Government’s job is to serve the public. Business’ job is to make a profit,” the video says.

The video rhetorically asks why anyone should profit off of caring for our veterans, incarcerating criminals, protecting our parks, and ensuring the safety of our roads and bridges.

“Your tax dollars already pay for these services,” the video says. “Why sell them off to profiteers who will cut corners?”

AFGE, the largest union representing federal and D.C. government employees, produced the video in response to proposals by the Trump administration and lawmakers to privatize many key government programs and services.

“Politicians often talk about wanting to run the government more like a business. But what that really means is handing over public services to private corporations, who will raise costs and lower services just to make a buck,” AFGE President J. David Cox Sr. said.

The video ends by asking Americans to call their members of Congress and tell them not to sell off our public services.

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