This seems an important -- nay crucial -- point in the discussion. Do you have any stats? Not saying I don't believe you and agree, just curious. I recall the article focused on $$ minimum wage, but not remembering other hard dollars numbers. Will double check
I found this interesting:
"On the other hand, the administration has increased the number of publicly funded, privately operated charter schools with billions of dollars in federal grants and subsidies. At the same time, for-profit charter management companies are growing. Obama has embraced the use of public-private partnerships that would attract private investment to needed infrastructure projects, but that also privatize the operation of transit systems, water and wastewater plants and other critical infrastructure. And the number of immigrant detention beds in privately operated centers continues to increase."
I'm wondering why the increases. Doesnt seem good. Providing "market discipline" seems false to me per your noting cost savings don't materialize.