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Searching for the right name

January 20, 2011 by

It looks like the state of Ohio is going to “privatize” the development functions of its Department of Development. Gone will be the bureaucracy that is the state, to be replaced by something else. But what is the right name for this something else, this new beast?

Ohio’s new Republican governor John Kasich plans “to dismantle the Ohio Department of Development and turn it into a new private economic-development organization called JobsOhio.” Kasich envisions “a nine-member board, with the [Kasich] serving as chairman. Board members will be appointed to four-year terms by the governor and will be compensated for expenses only.”

So what do you call an entity that is “funded by both public and private sources and run by a board of current or former chief executives who would report to [Kasich] as chairman“? Fascism?

While the name is technically correct (partially correct, anyway), it is too pejorative to get a listen from many.

What about corporatism? The term is also technically correct. But it lacks punch — it’s too ho-hum.

Fascialism? I love that word. But it also misses the mark in this instance, and it leaves a slight perjorative aftertaste as well.

Corporate cronyism? Yes, that’s it. How else to describe a committee of “current or former chief executives” that will have a say in the allocation of public funds for the purposes of development and job creation? I can think of no better term to convey the essence of this proposal to fellow Ohioans.

Corporate Cronyism: coming to a competitive state near you.

Note: Ohio Speaker of the House, and fellow Republican, Batchelder says not to worry. He is satisfied that the bill addresses his conflict-of-interest questions. If he’s satisfied, I should be satisfied — we all should be satisfied — as well.

{ 9 comments }

Dave Albin January 20, 2011 at 11:42 pm

Government involved in economic development? Always a good joke, if they were not serious….

J.E.C. January 21, 2011 at 12:11 am

Anybody read the DOJ’s statement on the mob round up? Money quote:

As we’ve seen for decades, mafia operations can negatively impact our economy – not only through a wide array of fraud schemes but also through the illegal imposition of mob “taxes” at our ports, in our construction industries, and on our small businesses. The violence outlined in these indictments, and perpetrated across decades, shows the lengths to which these individuals are willing to go to control their criminal enterprises and intimidate others.

Let me see if I can edit that-

As we’ve seen for decades, mafia government operations can negatively impact our economy – not only through a wide array of fraud schemes but also through the illegal imposition of mob “taxes” at our ports, in our construction industries, and on our small businesses. The violence outlined in these indictments, and perpetrated across decades, shows the lengths to which these individuals are willing to go to control their criminal state enterprises and intimidate others.

Entire statement here.

Phinn January 21, 2011 at 10:09 am

Statists hate competition.

The Wobbly Guy January 21, 2011 at 1:21 am

We call these entities ‘statutory boards’ in Singapore. Are they effective in fulfilling their roles? Pretty well, I would say.

james b. longacre January 21, 2011 at 1:39 am

i thought states had always contracted out some services to non-state entities.

often public-private partnership is a term used alot.

government contractors is another.

if you cant find a term just describe the function and dont worry about it too much.

bagoh20 January 21, 2011 at 2:06 am

It’s an improvement, and that’s what Ohio needs badly. Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth even if he’s actually a jackass. He may not win The Derby, but he can pull you out of a ditch.

Dave Albin January 21, 2011 at 3:00 pm

It’ll go back to the way it was someday, or worse – that’s one of the problems.

J. Murray January 21, 2011 at 7:29 am

“to dismantle the Ohio Department of Development… [elation rising]

and turn it into a new private economic-development organization called JobsOhio.” [depression setting back in]

Ohio, just becuase something is called private doesn’t mean it isn’t a government agency. Nomenclature is meaningless, function is all that matters.

JFF January 21, 2011 at 8:35 am

Correct, they did the same thing in New Jersey with the Division of Motor Vehicles.

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