Public / private partnerships are a euphemism for crony capitalism. It appeals
to politicians because it:a) allows politicians to take credit for
the economy. It seems like any time a Utah company reaches 1,000 employees or
more, Gov Herbert comes by as a keynote speaker to humblebrag that Utah's
government (and he himself) was an essential part of that success.b)
elevates the role of the bureaucrat from a modestly incompetent economic
impediment to the rockstar lifestyle of the venture capitalist. It's fun to
pick winners and feel like you're promoting good in the world. Who
wouldn't want more research, or green energy, or the creation of new jobs
in the community! But the bureaucracy is sheltered by taxpayers from risk and is
utterly incompetent and unprepared for the task.c) allows
politicians to reward supporters. Large lobbyist donations are par for the
course in US politics. Public / private partnerships provides leeway for
politicians to take those relationships to the next level.Utah
should be a business-friendly environment that steers clear of ham-handed public
attempts to mimic the private market.Stop advocating for crony
capitalism in Utah!
Shaun - Capitalism pays as much as is needed to acquire labor. No more. That
establishes the full value of labor - nothing else.
@brave sir robinA lot of people attack Marxist instead of
acknowledging the truth that he is right when he has stated with one of the
theory's of Marxism. Capital does not pay the full value of
labor. Capitalist may not like the thought of the that but on the purest level
it is correct. I am not advocating communism or socialism but if we are going
talk economic principles and theory then it needs to be discussed.
@MarxistI'm with you. None of us should rest until we achieve
our Marxist goal of everyone being equally poor.
There's some validity to this, but it misses the gross inequality in Utah.
The average income of our top 1 percent is $900,000, while the average income
of the bottom 99 percent is $50,000. Far from one.big happy family, we are
While entities working together for positive common goals is a good thing in
almost every situation, government working with business and non-profits raises
a unique and powerful concern. Who is accountable? Under our
representative form of government, public money is properly spent by
publicly-accountable entities. When voters don't like how that works out,
they can vote out those responsible or demand they make a change in
administration. Similarly, under our (mostly) capitalist system, businesses lose
money when they compete poorly and fail to meet the needs of potential
customers. Non-profits operate where they meet the needs of those who engage
them.When these are combined in public-private partnership
arrangements and public money is awarded to private entity, or government picks
winners by giving one business or non-profit an advantage over another (via tax
breaks or the awarding of a service contract), the usual accountability measures
are gone, and voters/taxpayers are left without speedy recourse. While the
intent is good, I worry that the effect will be the gradual undoing of our
representative form of government as bureaucracy grows and responsiveness
THe 22,000 rules and regulations saddled on the country by the Obama
administration restrained the economy, but Mr. Trump has deleted many of those
and the Republican administration of Utah led by Gov Herbert has done a very
This disgusts me! World and Utah History has shown that when government and
businesses work together the people suffer and we end up with "Rio
Grandes". Businesses don't pay a fair wage, so only the owners prosper.
And the businesses then reciprocate by "donating" to the government
officers. The people get nothing from the union of government and business but
It is unfortunate that this obvious statement needed saying again. Government
provides the framework for a productive society and business provides jobs while
producing goods and services. They must work together. Gov. Herbert has provided
a good balance for Utah.