Nobody is coerced into contracting with the government, which means they only do it if they are made better off. And this gives them every incentive to lobby the government to ensure their revenue streams persist, regardless of whether they are in the public interest. That is, perhaps, the principal pathway of modern corruption. It is the massive, unbelievable, shocking conflict of interest at the heart of America’s body politic. It is why our government never seems to do much of anything very well.
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