Tuesday :: May 9, 2006

Honor And Integrity Indeed

by Steve

"Americans are tired of investigations and scandal, and the best way to get rid of them is to elect a new president who will bring a new administration, who will restore honor and dignity to the White House."
--George W. Bush, September 15, 2000

I’d like to thank HUD Secretary Alfonso Jackson for confirming that, to the Bush Administration, the Federal treasury is nothing more than an ATM for their supporters and campaign contributors:

“He had made every effort to get a contract with HUD for 10 years,” Jackson said of the prospective contractor. “He made a heck of a proposal and was on the (General Services Administration) list, so we selected him. He came to see me and thank me for selecting him. Then he said something … he said, ‘I have a problem with your president.’
“I said, ‘What do you mean?’ He said, ‘I don’t like President Bush.’ I thought to myself, ‘Brother, you have a disconnect — the president is elected, I was selected. You wouldn’t be getting the contract unless I was sitting here. If you have a problem with the president, don’t tell the secretary.’
“He didn’t get the contract,” Jackson continued. “Why should I reward someone who doesn’t like the president, so they can use funds to try to campaign against the president? Logic says they don’t get the contract. That’s the way I believe.”

So why was the Secretary even involved in the awarding of contracts in the first place?

See, the problem with Jackson is that he is stupid, because he admitted the obvious, that violating the law and running your program as a patronage outfit is SOP for this Administration, as Iraq, homeland security, and Katrina have shown us. And you can bet that Jackson has only highlighted to us what goes on to a far greater degree than we imagine throughout this administration.

But thanks to Jackson now, when the Democrats get back in, they now can steer billions to their supporters and informally blacklist any firm that has been lapping at the K Street GOP trough all these years. As a matter of fact, if I were the Democrats, I would take special note right now of all these firms and let them know you are paying attention, so that they will have plenty of advance warning that they are about to get the deep freeze. At least after this, we won’t have to hear about the Mike Espy crap any more.

But I suspect Henry Waxman will have more to say on this.

Update: Waxman and Barney Frank are already asking questions.

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