Actually, the answer is a very easy "yes". While for some functions contracting private industry is better, there are plenty of cases where that is not a good option. Part of my job in the Navy included computer programing...<quoted text>
I don't disagree that the world is, in fact, more complicated. I also don't doubt there were many more buggy whip repairmen and butter churners in the Washington administration.
My question, and I don't believe there is an obvious answer. "Should there be computer programmers and air conditioning repairmen on the government payroll?" Or, could these services be better provided by contracting them from the private sector?
The Obamacare web site is a glaring example of the private sector at work under government contract. Of course, most of those problems would have been avoided if the individual states done their duty to their citizens and established their own exchanges.