What we want it to mean is that we want our government to be frugal and to watch the bottom line and to concern itself with its customers - in other words, taxpayers - as we imagine businesses to do, you know, that their bottom line is a concern for pleasing their customers and so that sales remain steady and rising over the years. Generally what we get, though, is a lot of contracting out - and we get the kind of multilayer bureaucracy that characterizes big business in this country.

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When you privatize government operations, contract them out, and make the assumption that the marketplace is going to do the work for you in terms of making it efficient and managing it in a frugal sense, you're usually disappointed - because it's not going to happen. You've still got to be a good manager. You've still got to watch how the dollars are spent as if they were your own. And we don't do that nearly often enough.

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