Businesses are also jumping into this political wagon and competing for the “wet” seat. Public utilities and other public goods are slowly changing hands from the public to the private. Congressional representatives, legislators, and federal officials turn themselves into lobbyists or agents of influence for foreign nations in exchange for big money. At the same time, they are using other nations or groups as their scapegoats for their political presentation among their allies.
Their political ability that is meant for solving public problems has now being used in risky business adventure such as mortgaging, insurance, political risk, stock market portfolio, foreign policy, credit risk, borrowing with risky interest rate (Sanford, 2004; Choate, 1990), and other business ventures with a focus on short-term gain. Public assets are being liquidated as they are focusing on quick cash and short-term result with the rationalization of economic growth and innovation. Landowners are being ripped off their ownership to satisfy the greed of their partners.
Social welfare is no longer to help the poor and the needy but to help the wealthy corporations. The wealthy get wealthier and the poor are jailed. Pat Choate (1990) wrote, by early 1980s, hundreds of US federal officials including Congressmen and legislators left America and worked for foreign nations. They became agents of influence to promote the interest of foreign nations, especially the Japanese. They used their political influence to transfer American public assets to become Japanese owned assets.
Water, utilities, land, public transportation, and many other are being sold under the influence of the agents who continuously lobbying the legislators and Congress representatives as well as the bureaucrats to trust them with public assets. Ten years later, more than 100 of them were charged for bribery and fraud. Many of the Congressmen are politically sponsored and appointed. James Austin (2000) indicated in his The Collaboration Challenge that if you want to get it all, you must get the headfirst.
Public private partnership, he added, means to transfer knowledge, skills, and resources. de Bettignies & Ross (2004), on the other hand, claimed that public private partnership means more efficient and cost saving. However, this partnership represents artificial civilization because through public private partnership, congressional representatives and legislators are also becoming “brokers” for private development. French finance minister once warned that this artificial civilization is a trap.
They act as the medium to transfer public ownership into private ownership. As brokers, they would capitalize on every government’s innovative ideas for the market. At the same time, they are also owners and partners in the “public private partnership” who would use their political power to transfer public ownership and power into their hand as individuals not as public representatives – an attitude which Karel van Wolferen, a Dutch author comments on Pat Choate’s Agents of Influence saying, “Americans can be bought so easily. ”