When Wall Street collapsed the economy in 2008, one company eager to buy public assets from
cash-strapped governments proclaimed, "Desperate governments are our best customer!” Across the country, for-profit
companies are engaged in a hostile takeover of our schools, roads, prisons, drinking water, and even government
Those things American workers have built and continue to pay for will be given to a few "good old
boys" while the American worker will continue to pay through their tax dollars.
The result will be poorer quality of life for the tax payer, poorer education for their children,
poorer roads and infrastructure, more incarcerations in order to keep the beds filled, water shut offs, police
protection insurance, fire protection insurance, increased property taxes in order to pay privatized
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The propaganda fed the US citizens is that "privatization" is less expensive and more efficient.
Here's a list of our highest paid government workers:
Ron Packard, K-12 Inc., is the highest paid
"teacher" in the United States, having received in excess of $19,000,000.00 from 2009 - 2013.
K-12's top executives were paid $21,300,000 in 2013. K-12 stole $730,800,000.00 from public schools
while having only 28% of their student meeting state requirements.
George Zoley, America’s
highest paid "corrections officer" and CEO of private prison giant GEO Group. To help Zoley rake in
$22,000,000.00 million in compensation between 2008 and 2012, GEO Group writes language into private prison
contracts that force taxpayers to keep prisons full or else pay for empty beds (Holiday Inn would love
But what do the for-profit prisons deliver for these big bucks? GEO’s cost-cutting measures were
criticized for their relationship to inmate-on-inmate and guard-on-inmate (and vice-versa) violence, which
are many times a result of inadequate training, low pay and high turnover of corrections staff and chronic
understaffing. Further allegations of civil rights abuses resulted in hundreds of individual and
class-action lawsuits brought against the company. The suits range from allegation of inmate death and
abuse, excessive force, medical neglect as well as allegations of employment discrimination.
David Steiner, Waste Management,
Inc., America's highest paid sanitation worker at over $45,000,000.00 from 2006 - 2011, while top
executives combined for over $119,000,000.00 during the same time span. In 2012 Waste Management was paid
approximately $7,000,000,000.00 in tax payer dollars. The company is fraught with
Richard Montoni, Maximus, Inc., provides
business services to the health and human services agencies (Chidrem's Health Insurnace Program (CHIP),
Medicaid, Medicare, welfar-to-work and child support services). In the 2009 - 2013 time period
Montoni received $19,000,000.00 in compensation, making him the highest paid "caseworker" in America.
Maximus' top executives made a cumulative $49,000,000.00 in the same time period. Maximus has a history of
improper billing, naturally, as most of these "privatized" scams do.
Nicholas Moore, Australian infrastructure
firm Macquarie is America's highest paid "road worker" at $8,800,000.00 in 2013. Macquarie operates the
Chicago Skyway, the Indiana Toll Road, and the Dulles Greenway in Virgina among others. It also has
interests in Aquarian, a water-service provider in New England, and has investments in K-12,