10 September 2005

Let's play the NAME game since Bush hates the BLAME game.

Let's take a look at what is up with this administration and their crony organization that is getting us in so much trouble:

Cheney: VP, Halliburton CEO and still on their payroll ($194,000.00 in last tax filing in April).

Albaugh: Attorney, former Bush Campaign Manager, former FEMA director (no disaster experience), present high paid lobbiest for big business. Clients include: Halliburton, KBR, Bechtel, Shaw Group, among many others. Also owns a liason company for contractors to find further work in Iraq. College roommate of Brown.

Michael Brown: Attorney, former horse show supervisor (fired), former Bush campaign lacky, current incompetent FEMA Director. Removed as head of Katrina disaster relief and sent back to Washington amid allegations he had padded his resume (not to mention the fact that he has botched the entire relief mission). College roommate of Albaugh. No prior experience. Resume full of lies and mis-representations. Also, let go from an Oklahoma law firm.

Patrick Rohde: FEMA Chief of Staff, no prior experience, worked on Bush's campaign.

Brooks D. Altshuler: FEMA Deputy Chief of Staff, no prior experience, worked on Bush's campaign.

Chertoff: Attorney, friend of Albaugh, head of DHS, Rabbi's son, neo-con.

Kirk Van Tine: former high level Bush appointee, registered as a lobbyist for Halliburton six months after resigning as deputy transportation secretary, a position he held for only one year.

FEMA: 5 of the top 8 positions were appointees by Bush with ties to his political campaigns, no prior experience. Administratively emasculated agency now under DHS.

Halliburton: (Halliburton has made over 9 billion in Iraq and was in the RED until Cheney became VP and we waged Bush's war). Represented by Albaugh.

KBR: Biggest sole contractor in Iraq (infamous no-bid contracts), front run bidder on Gulf Coast for juicy government contracts. On Friday, KBR received $29.8 million in Pentagon contracts to begin rebuilding Navy bases in Louisiana and Mississippi. Represented by Albaugh.

Bechtel: Iraq contractor. Front run bidder on Gulf Coast for juicy government contracts. Bush named Bechtel's CEO to his Export Council and put the former CEO of Bechtel Energy in charge of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. Represented by Albaugh.

Shaw Group: Recently updated its Web site to say: "Hurricane Recovery Projects -- Apply Here!" Received a $100 million emergency FEMA contract for housing management and construction and $100 million contract on Friday from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Represented by Albaugh.

Big OIL: do we really need to talk about the ties here. You are paying for it at the pump already.

"The government has got to stop stacking senior positions with people who are repeatedly cashing in on the public trust in order to further private commercial interests," said Danielle Brian, executive director of the Project on Government Oversight.

FEMA "has gone downhill within the department, drained of resources and leadership," said I.M. "Mac" Destler, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. "The crippling of FEMA was one important reason why it failed." The agency's troubles are no secret. The Partnership for Public Service, a nonprofit group that promotes careers in federal government, ranked FEMA last of 28 agencies studied in 2003.

On Friday, with Mr. Brown's tenure in the relief role at an end, Senator Lott (R-MS) issued a terse statement: "Something needs to happen," Mr. Lott's statement said. "Michael Brown has been acting like a private instead of a general. When you're in the middle of a disaster, you can't stop to check the legal niceties or to review FEMA regulations before deciding to help Mississippians knocked flat on their backs."

And, even worse: it is reported that our detached President had been kept in the dark by his advisors and did not even know the enormity of the situation or what a mess Mr. Brown had created. He did not find out until late Thursday when an aide slipped him a PRESS release detailing the problem. This is the state of our spin government. Even the President is out of the loop.

Do you see any possible CONFLICTS OF INTEREST? Could there be some connections here that could possibly be unfair, unethical, possibly illegal?

Bush also signed an order to allow these contractors to pay sub-standard wage.......so the little guy won't be making any money but the big guys are rolling in the black.

Nothing like profiting on misery......first in Iraq and now at home on the Gulf Coast.

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