"Thanksgiving can turn into a combat zone at the first mention of privatization. So, try explanations like: Companies that contract with the government to provide things often argue that they’re more efficient than the “bureaucratic” public sector.. But all the talk about efficiency and cutting costs helps support the idea that the government is wasteful and taxes are bad. Meanwhile, contractors and private investors pocket gobs of our public money by lowering service quality, cutting jobs and wages, and sidestepping protections for the environment. Charter schools are not a progressive policy — they are a form of privatization.Meanwhile, billionaires, private investors, and real estate developers are spending cash nationwide supporting political candidates."