Public vs. Private

Posted on October 5, 2010

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One would think that, at the very least, our government at some level should be capable of operating elections, right? It is an essential function of the institution. And, after all, we all thought the 2000 election was a clarion call for “reform” with it’s hanging chads an Supreme court finale. We thought wrong.

New York City spent $160 million on new voting machines, but the roll out was embarrassing.

Some polling places opened as much as four hours late and thousands may have been unable to cast ballots, reports CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer.

“That is a royal screw-up and it’s completely unacceptable,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.

Amazing. Every day, billions (maybe trillions?) of dollars move in and out of ATM systems all over the country. We’re talking about people’s wages and savings here, not their single marginal vote. Given, the banks are virtually arms of the government as it is, but they still operate in an environment with customer choice and competition. And so, Americans rightfully trust using these complex, network-connected computers to handling their hard-earned money. Heck, we even rely on those sketchy bodega ATM’s with the high fees and audible modem dialing in a pinch.

That’s the fairly free market at work. Trust but verify. Live or die by the results.

Meanwhile, these election commission government stooges, even spending hundreds of millions year after year, can’t manage operate a rudimentary multiple choice quiz a few days every year? I’m sorry, but give me a damn break.

Even our nation’s capital screwed up the election.

WTOP reporter Mark Segraves said some electronic scanners are not operational so the ballots are not being scanned.

Initially, there were reports of problems at four polling places, but Gray spokeswoman Traci Hughes said their campaign has heard about problems from 15 different precincts.

These inept officials will surely blame all of this on private contractors, claiming the need for more “regulations” and greater “transparency”. What a sham.

None of this, of course, addresses all of the outright fraud that occurs in every election cycle, from organized thugs harassing people at voter booths to pure rigging. The great “progressive” president, Lyndon B. Johnson, is notorious for a career made by election rigging and ballot stuffing.

These inept officials will surely blame all of this on private contractors, claiming the need for more “regulations” and greater “transparency”. What a sham.

None of this, of course, addresses all of the outright fraud that occurs in every election cycle, from organized thugs harassing people at voter booths to pure rigging. The great “progressive” president, Lyndon B. Johnson, is notorious for a career made by election rigging and ballot stuffing.

Government. It’s pretty effective at mass killing, stealing and fraud, and that’s just about it.

via Papola

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