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[–] thesilverpig 0 points 10 points (+10|-0) ago 

I always wondered why they didn't hire silicon valley folks from the get go.

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[–] umilmi81 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago  (edited ago)

That's not how government works. The official salary of a politician is very low. Just $100,000 a year. People don't spend $10,000,000 to get a job that only pays $100,000 a year. They make their money through the corruption of government contracts. The politician votes for spending and gives the contract to their wives, children, or friends.

Those people don't actually do the work, they just take 60% of the money and then hire subcontractors with the remaining 40%. Those subcontractors are also friend of friends and usually just take a huge cut and then subcontract again. Rinse and repeat until all the money is spent and only a shitty result remains.

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[–] greatgerbil 1 points -1 points (+0|-1) ago 

bull, many normal people go in but they leave congress as millionaires

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[–] flashurnands 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

Government reacharounds and handjobs. (It's depressing that this is only partly a joke)

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[–] 858273? 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

as a former govt worker, you have no idea the kind of shit that goes on. its why i left the biz. that and the office politics.

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[–] kekkomatic 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I'm afraid to ask which part is not a joke.

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[–] CatNamedJava 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

... isn't a reacharound a handjob?

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[–] e0steven 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

In my opinion it's because of blame and expectations. The rationale, as far as I've heard, is that if I go with the 'big name' that everyone knows and the project fails I won't be blamed. In fact, going with those known companies is expected more than anything. However, you stick your neck out and pick an unknown entity and you're risking your whole career. So the choice is, pick the known entity that can fuck everything up and drain your bank account OR risk everything on an unknown contractor that could ruin you. Also the way that government use it or lose it mentality permeates projects makes me ill.

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[–] brother_tempus 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Just goes to show .. even for immoral government programs ... the fee market can do it better and cheaper than government

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[–] steamboat_willie 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

The original company hired was a private company not a government agency.

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[–] GiantEnemySeaLion 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Really? As I recall the old system we had was all privatized and free market and shit, and I can't say I know many who would argue that the old system was empirically cheaper.

Perhaps it's because we don't fuck around in the same circles, and by circles I mean tax bracket.

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[–] e0steven 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

This is totally awesome. The crazy thing is that this type of bass-akwards/'known' company bias is rampant in big corp and in government. The whole idea, if we go with XYZ, no one will shit can me if it fucks up mentality is just ridiculous. I've worked in healthcare and seen a lot of government groups just throw money away on useless waste of money projects. That is why this kind of stuff needs more publicity.

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[–] wesmoc 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Haha. That would be nice. If we had no more "lifelong politicians", I suspect we would be in a better place.

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[–] founddead 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

As a government contractor, I can tell you first hand that most government employees are incompetent. The peter principle is in full swing, with most government leaders being promoted out of huge messes they made.

Requirements changing all the time, uninformed decisions, corrupt contractors that know the program will fail, but get paid anyway.

I try to do the best job I can despite these obstacles, unfortunately too many others are just getting by.

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[–] steamboat_willie 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

There just seems to be zero accountability for government workers and government subcontractors. Being a business owner I know you can't run a government exactly like a business but that's one area I wish was more like the "free market". If I screwed up my clients the way some government subs seem to screw up I'd be sued out of business. These guys seem to be rewarded for their incompetence!

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[–] dabork 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago  (edited ago)

As someone who can afford health insurance for the first time in 5 years, I respectfully disagree. This may not be the best system, but you can't argue with the fact that thousands of people are getting healthcare they haven't been able to in years. That wouldn't have been possible without these people since lord knows America isn't ready for a single-payer system yet, because that's for socialists. You have to ease people into ideas like this.

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[–] GiantEnemySeaLion 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

If that had resulted in the whole system being replaced with singlepayer, absolutely.

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[–] chocodile 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

didn't healthcare sherpa do this first?

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[–] Number-5 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Capitalism at it's best