CHARLIE MITCHELL: Word ‘privatize’ has vanished; privatization hasn’t

mail-1-e1401280325914Twenty or so years ago, ‘privatize’ became a big word.

The trend had started slowly.

Municipalities that owned garbage and trash collection trucks and paid city employees to operate them starting “contracting out” the job to private industry. Waste Management Inc. was on its way.

Initially, a few people scratched their heads, wondering why any enterprise would be interested in a traditional government role that was seen as necessary, but thankless.

But it worked.

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