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Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 11/11/2009

ABC privatization: Who would get hurt

By editors

By John J. Wolff

Regarding Garrett Peck’s Nov. 8 Local Opinions article “Closing time for Virginia’s ABC stores”:

Change always has losers and winners. If Virginia’s state-run liquor stores were privatized, the losers would be the hundreds of state workers whose hours, wages and benefits might be severely cut. That’s not the type of job creation that government should encourage.

I also take issue with the first sentence in the last paragraph of Mr. Peck’s piece: “The private sector is much more efficient at running businesses than is the government.”

I would suggest that Mr. Peck consider Enron, WorldCom, Chrysler and General Motors before he makes such statements. The “well run” private sector has cost us taxpayers billions of dollars.

By editors  | November 11, 2009; 11:52 AM ET
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Any review of academic literature in Public Administration (PA) would point out the many failings of the private sector. The father of public administration, Dwight Waldo, was skeptical of privatization. Waldo also pointed out that the function of government is very different then the function of private industry. Unfortunately many Americans are not told the truth about privatization (Academic studies in PA also point out how private companies exploit the government, which on a majority leads to costing the government more. Its okay those companies make more profits).

Lastly, where does govern-elect McDonnell expect to come with the loss of revenue this will create? Our states budget is in great hands....

Posted by: grubbsbl | November 11, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

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