Summit County letters: Support for Zinke’s privatization plans for public land
June 26, 2017
Support for Zinke's privatization plans for public land
Given the state of economics education in the government schools, it is not a surprise that Jeremey Nichols of WildEarth Guardians states, "Companies are there to make money and collect fees, but are not necessarily investing in the campground, customer service is not the No. 1 priority and it's not about the camper." It is extremely obvious he knows nothing about why capitalism works so well.
Companies must satisfy the customer if they want to survive, regardless of the business they are in. If they don't, they will have no customers and the company will meet its demise. If they are good at it, putting out a desirable product at a reasonable price, customers will flock to them and yes, they will prosper.
Governments, on the other hand, have no financial incentive to please the customer, which is why there is such a backlog in maintaining the campgrounds. It is beside the point that governments should not be in the recreation business, or any other business. Ryan Zinke is right to try to privatize as many businesses as he can. Capitalism works and communism doesn't.
Terry W. Donze
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