Friday, December 16, 2011
Duh. Doesn't take a genius to figure this one out.
"The state of Nebraska should take back responsibility for managing child welfare cases from private contractors. And it should create a new department to handle children's services, a legislative committee has recommended."
Get the story from Nebraska Public Radio.
Capitalism only works when consumers can take their dollar elsewhere the instant they believe they're being wronged, short-changed or otherwise mistreated.
In the case of private contractors handling child welfare, neither the state or the for-profit companies "win" if they spend more money to take better care of these kids. The state is interested in low cost, which is why the services were outsourced, the companies must make a profit or go under and the clientele is powerless and captive. The fact we're even having this discussion is ridiculous. DUH! The question of taking care of those who can't care for themselves is a moral and societal issue, not so much an economic one.
Don't buy it? Well, I challenge you to take on a foster child. The people who do the best job of caring for these children, providing them with the love and stability their homes lacked, aren't motivated by the money, I assure you. What does motivate them can't be bought.
It's better to have a large, stable slow-moving bureaucracy balanced by varied public interests than precarious private set-ups with profit motives. I mean seriously, who wakes up and says, "Hey, I can make millions off the disenfranchised."
Oh, that's right. Human traffickers.