Who's Responsible for the Great Falls Windfall?

August 22, 2011 | Washington Post |  Link to article

The Aug. 16 front-page story about wealth in Great Falls fueled by government contracts ["Great Falls reflects big windfall"] left several questions unanswered.

For example, why is the federal government contracting out more services today than it did 20 or 30 years ago? And just how much is all this federal outsourcing of services costing taxpayers?

One person featured in the story made a fortune by providing help-desk personnel to the Federal Aviation Administration. Nice that the head of the company has an entrepreneurial spirit that allowed her to amass significant wealth through government contracts, but what kind of salary and benefits did her employees receive? Did the jobs pay better than they would have in the public sector?

Economic inequality continues to rise in this nation. Wealth continues to be concentrated in the hands of fewer people. The government should enact policies that provide more people with opportunity to move up the economic ladder. It certainly shouldn't be an active participant in transferring wealth from the masses to an elite few.

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