At press time, the Bush administration's agenda was encountering obstacles on many fronts, but one strategy still was sailing along with little or no impediment--namely, the push to privatize public services.

Well before Bush arrived on the scene, corporate forays found traction in the health field with the transition from family doctors and non-profit hospitals to health maintenance organizations run by insurance companies. Privatization also found firm footing in civil engineering as the Army Corps of Engineers offloaded the actual construction of its projects to private contractors. (Private contractors implemented the Corps' blueprints for levy construction in


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