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Sep 13, 2011


Stan Wiggins

Thanks for illuminating the contractor wage issue. From colleagues in and out of government I long imagined this to be the case, especially when reading about contracts that were low-balled to 'prove' government inefficiency and then high-balled after the government employees had been discharged. Feinstein and Petraus have urged an end to security contractors, as you've no doubt noted.

There's a lot of partisan hype loose on this issue, of course. Robert Frank, if I recall accurately, has a reference in Darwin Economics to a British study that found a partially privatized public pension scheme reduced benefits to pensioners by 40 percent. Have to pay those contractors working on investment commissions from somewhere.

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