The practice of turning over government functions to private businesses has been championed by the current crop of business-oriented politicians. Portions of the military, the prison system, even basic services such as roads and sewers have been turned over to for-profit companies. Today the New York Times reported that despite giving private companies billions of dollars to reconstruct Iraq, that country's infrastructure is no better off today than before the invasion. Our guests, musician/activist Si Kahn and retired academic Fred Seidl were the guests today. They discussed the drawbacks of privatization and an upcoming conference called the Criminal Justice and Prison Reform Workshop. Time: Saturday, February 11, 2006 @ 9:15AM Location: Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater, 2470 Nursery Rd., Clearwater 727/531-7704. At that workshop the trend toward privatizing prisons and medical care for inmates will be discussed.

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