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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/11202/and-this-is-a-surprise/

And This Is a Surprise?

December 9, 2009 by

Quality standards are actually higher in private businesses than government-run monopolies.

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J Cortez December 9, 2009 at 9:59 am

“And This Is a Surprise?”

Not to anybody on this website.

Unfortunately, many people that do no subscribe to common sense economics will take the wrong lesson from this.

The social democrats will see this as a failure to get the right people in government. The corporate nationalists will see this as a reason to push a fake privatization that benefits their friends.

Jeffrey Tucker December 9, 2009 at 10:38 am

Actually, I find this story amazing.

Curt Howland December 9, 2009 at 12:57 pm

What I find amazing is that it’s in USA Today.

William P December 9, 2009 at 1:42 pm

While there’s certainly a bias in the media towards portraying government programs as good de facto (with the occasional side of “eye on corruption,” or some such catch phrase used to title an article that gives the semblance of toughness), for the most part I see mainstream papers reporting much of government waste.

The problem is two-fold: the media are loathe to expound that this waste/fraud/incompetence are a function of bureaucracy qua bureaucracy, and that the public (perhaps as a result of the first aspect), is always willing to believe that government has the best intentions in mind.

So I’d say it’s not lack of reporting. It’s wrongheadedness.

CollectiveThought December 9, 2009 at 4:11 pm

It sickens me how profit seeking greedy food companies dare to compete with our selflessly altruistic government officials by setting higher quality standards for their meals. The government should step in and force these companies to supply lower quality food than what the state provides, so that USDA will save face in light of this blunder.

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