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Reason First: Privatize the DMV, Now

by Skyler Saunders 2 years ago in guilty

How would you rate your experience(s) at the DMV?

Is it really a surprise that a government run agency like the Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) would see corruption amongst its ranks? 29-year-old Danielle Haldeman and Michelet Pouloute, 40, defrauded the Delaware DMV by issuing false driver’s licenses. The two have both pleaded guilty of their crimes, Haldeman for one count of bribery and one count of misdemeanor misconduct. Pouloute pleaded guilty to one count of felony bribery.

Now what does all of this have to say about the DMV, notorious for long waiting lines, poor customer service, and an overall sense of apathy? It is the nature of this arm of the State that gives rise to the crooks like Haldeman and Poulote. While there may be proficient and effective individuals who work at the Delaware DMV and elsewhere, because it is a function of government that is not in line with the proper role of one, which is to protect individual rights, fraud among other crimes will continue.

In a privatized, laissez-faire capitalist system, the DMV would be handled by Big Tech companies like Facebook, Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft. The streamlined feel and the way that the employees would be engaged and ready to accept customers would be revolutionary. More often than not, the employees may even be replaced by super proficient robots. This would allow for an efficient staff of machines that would be providing optimum assistance to prospective drivers and veterans of the road alike.

In a world where the DMV would see privatization, more innovation would pour into the crevices of the currently malfunctioning monolith. Entrepreneurs would be lining up to present their best vision for how the DMV would be run. From the perspective of those who would be receiving the services, they would experience shorter waiting times, gourmet snacks, simple instructions, or whatever else a creative businessperson could dream up for the future.

Fraud would not be a worry as the automated system would cancel out any kinds of criminal activity. In the tiny state of Delaware, such offenses would be rooted out immediately with a free market solution to the DMV. Often, the institution is compared to government education. How the brains of the nation’s children warp is due in part to the vicious idea that the government should extend itself beyond the military, police, and law courts. For bodies like the DMV to be run by incompetents or those who do horrible jobs but mean well, shows just how wicked the system truly is.

The only way to combat fraud and corruption within the DMV is to let it be operated like an unfettered corporation. Laws ought to be put in place to allow private DMVs to function on their own and the government only be permitted to be involved with contracts. With the advent of the ever-evolving world of technology, the DMV ought to catch up to modern times and the people should be thinking beyond the current state of affairs.

In the cases of Haldeman and Poulote, who both received one year probation, these vermin should have been sent to the slammer. In an already maligned bureaucracy, their crimes only highlight the ugliness of the modern DMV. There must be little Haldemans and Poulotes running around the DMV across the nation who have not yet been caught. It is for the reason that the citizens of America deserve a fresh take on the process of taking driver’s courses and earning their license that the DMV ought to be dismantled. The pathway forward includes the idea that the honest people of the DMV can champion the cause for a private option. Who would take a number for that?


Skyler Saunders

I am a forever young, ego-driven, radical hipster from Delaware. Investor. Objectivist for life. Instagram: @skylerized


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