October 21, 2008

Outsource this? I think not.

Want to see what a nearly–privatized American city would look like?

Come aboard with the US crew of Al Jazeera's Inside USA program to visit Sandy Springs, Georgia. Apart from the police and fire department, virtually everything else about this ritzy city is run by, of all entities, the defense contractor CH2MHill ("see h two m hill"), which made money through outsourced opportunities in Iraq and post–Katrina New Orleans, Louisiana.

Looks too good to be true? It really is, and it has its negative consequences to boot:

Then stick around for part two — an extended interview with thespian Jane Fonda, who put down roots in Georgia many years ago and has found herself more involved in the state (and other causes) than ever (as evidenced in the first part of the show):

©2008 Al Jazeera.

A very fascinating episode.

H/T to the Brave New Films people, who dealt with outsourcing in a big way with the feature Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers.

For now, cherish your municipal government, and work to make it better.

And tell the CH2MHill cult (and their ilk) that your township or county is off limits.

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