Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Tuesday, August 24, 2010 8:39 pm

Death by drowning

Filed under: I want my country back. — Lex @ 8:39 pm

Anti-tax activist Grover Norquist is perhaps most famous outside Washington for saying he wanted to shrink government “down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub.” Well, apparently we’ve gone him one better and are now drowning it in the toilet:

It has come to this: Parents are now being asked to send their children to school with their own toilet paper. And not just toilet paper, but all sorts of basic items that schools themselves used to provide for kids. It’s all part of a disturbing trend, highlighted by the New York Times last week, of cash-strapped public schools — their budgets eviscerated by state cutbacks — shifting more and more financial responsibility onto parents.

Privatization meant transferring responsibility for entire programs or functions to the private sector. But with the drastic budget cuts that states have been forced to make, responsibility for public services and programs is literally being forced into private hands one roll of toilet paper at a time. We’ve entered the era of backdoor privatization.

This isn’t public policy, it’s sociopathy and IGMFY, and it’s wrong.


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