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Re: OT: Politics [Was:Social Contract]

Matthias Julius wrote:
> Why is that so?  Just because it is a public school?  Why is a public
> school by definition so different from a private school?  Is there no
> way of making a public school more (cost-)efficient?

    Yes.  We're discussing it right now.  :P

    Seriously though which is the general rule; a cost-efficient government
program or a cost-inefficient government program?  Generally it's the latter
by a wide margin.

    I boils down to incentives.  In a business there is a drive to be
cost-efficient because there is competition.  If they do the job better and
cheaper they get more business you lose out.  In government there is a drive
to be cost-inefficient.  The more you overrun your budget the greater a chance
the budget is increased to cover "much needed expenses."  The government, in
turn, doesn't demand cost-efficiency because it doesn't have to sell itself to
anyone based on that criteria.  It sells itself on how much it "does for the
voter", cost be damned.

         Steve C. Lamb         | But who decides what they dream?
       PGP Key: 8B6E99C5       |   And dream I do...

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