One of the great cultural differences between the USA and New Zealand is out attitude to the state and private sectors. There is a spectrum of views in both countries but also a fundamental divergence between our two societies.
In New Zealand, we have been deeply suspicious of the private sector and the bête-noire is privatisation. Though it is becoming harder to spot, and notwithstanding periodic concerns that Nanny State is over-reaching herself, it seems there is a streak in the Kiwi psyche that distrusts big business, that fears profit too often comes at the expense of people, and that looks to the state to ensure the common good is protected. In this world, social services are most assuredly the State’s business.