Jim, you want to ignore the fact that there are market forces in government because it doesn't fit your political ideology."[T]here are market forces in government ..." You just have to love that one. This April Fool must still be working his way through either Das Kapital or the latest rants and raves from the favorite socialist writer of the NY Times, Paul Krugman.
There are political forces in government -- just recall the levy campaign. But, there are no market forces.
Consider this: Private teachers get about one half of the salary of government teachers.
Or, consider this: No district is willing to hire a teacher with 25 years experience and credit all 25 years on their salary schedule. Why? There is neither a market nor value for such an employee since no measurable performance improvements occur after five years of teaching. None. Yet, their salaries continue to rise.
That's right, wages rise even after performance plateaus. The reason? Politics.
The correct statement is: There are political forces in government. The concepts of market and politics are not tautologies -- they are not substitutable. That is, unless, of course, you spend your days dreaming of the coming workers' utopia.
And, on this April Fools' Day, a few readers are deep in a Soma-induced sleep. Dream well!