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Re: Angry post - I guess this is why our government is broke

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David G

02-22-2013 12:12:23

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I would bet it has to do with lawyers and liability.

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Mike (WA)

02-22-2013 14:09:29

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 Re: Angry post - I guess this is why our government is broke in reply to David G, 02-22-2013 12:12:23  
Bingo. Any governmental agency is seen as a "deep pocket"- the lathes were used, who knows how they would be abused by a new owner, but you can bet that if somebody gets hurt, they're going after the agency that sold that allegedly defective piece of cr@p to them.

The other thing is the process for selling surplus items- offer to other agencies, put up for bids, etc., etc.- easier in the long run to just chuck it.

I talked to a woman at local recorder's office once about the procedure for disposing of an old mobile home. She launches into this incredibly complicated process- apply for lost title, apply for permit, get it inspected for asbestos, submit eleventeen things to the Dept. of Licensing, etc. I finally said "How about if it just quietly disappears?" She said "I couldn't tell you to do that, but will admit that that's how most of them are handled."

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02-22-2013 22:06:53

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 Re: Angry post - I guess this is why our government is broke in reply to Mike (WA), 02-22-2013 14:09:29  
Come to think of it,can anyone name a single case where government handles money responsably even after spend more researching than it's worth to begin with? Ask anyone working in a child care facility recieving federal support of thier food program how much milk and fruit the USDA thinks a child needs per meal. It is painful for low paid workers to throw out food daily because the are shipped enough for each child to feed a 200 pound hog. Here is a clear indicator of city government's ability to handle money. The majority of large citys hire private companies to pick garbage up because it's cheaper eventhough the city doesn't need to make a profit.

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