Here are a few cherry-picked examples on how private industry runs certain things better than government
Recently, The New York Times published an op-ed by "Sex in the City" actress Cynthia Nixon about her dismay over seeing her kids' public school's "chaotic ... and profoundly unsafe approach to reopening." By contrast, her Netflix production company was totally ready.
She's become a politician, so she blames "underfunding." She doesn't mention that New York's government-run schools spend more than $20,000 per student.
Her production company was ready because it's private. The bosses spend their own money. Spend it well, and they profit. Spend it badly, and they're out of work. That focuses the mind.
Governments spend other people's money. No one spends other people's money as carefully as we spend our own.
The owner of Maurice's Campground tries harder, and because of that, he serves many more campers than the taxpayer-subsidized camp.
"It's kind of unfair," I say to Gauthier. "You have to compete against the government, which is losing all this money."
He answers, "Yeah, it's not a great scenario, but what can we do?"
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