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June 18, 2006

Put Them In Jail

-- by Dave Johnson

The NY Times story, Former Antiterror Officials Find Industry Pays Better, talks about how a few of the Bush people who give out or help arrange big contracts then go "work" for the company that received the contract. The money is really big. For example,

In their new roles, former department officials often command salaries that dwarf their government paychecks. Carol A. DiBattiste, who made $155,000 in 2004 as deputy administrator at the Transportation Security Administration, earned more than $934,000 last year from ChoicePoint, a Homeland Security Department contractor she joined in April 2005, the same month she left the agency.
$1 million a year. There is no question that corruption is involved there.

Every day more stories of corruption.

What do you do about this? When the Democrats take the House this November, they should initiate a government-wide corruption audit and investigate every single, smallest instance of this kind of sleaze. Every single Bush appointee who used their office to award a contract to a Republican campaign contributor should be put in jail. Every single Bush appointee who awarded or arranged a contract and then went to work at the recipient company should be put in jail. Every single company involved should be put out of business, its assets seized and its executives put in jail. EVERY SINGLE ONE! That will put an end to this game once and for all.

And talking today about doing it will go a long way toward stopping the corruption - and the flow of corrupt money to the Republican machine - before the election.

Also - good for the New York Times for doing its job.

Posted by Dave Johnson at June 18, 2006 8:37 AM

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But this is what privatization is all about. You get a job on the board of Hackiburton, they give you an expense-free trip to a high government position, have a top-secret meeting where you give a multi-trillion dollar no-bid contract to Hackiburton to supply trick-or-treat bags on street corners here and there, you leave the high government position, go back to work for even more booty from Hackiburton... And so on. Privatization is obviously a wonderful thing. No need for all those wasteful civil servants.

Posted by: blues [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 18, 2006 11:16 AM

Dave,

I'm posting a link here from one of your own Democratic websites, Sourcewatch, which details a few of the high ranking government officials who either have gone to work for industries with government contracts, or rotate between govt and industry.

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Government-industry_revolving_door

A quick scan of the individuals will reveal that both Democrats and Republicans are availing themselves of industry largess. Again, you call for more government power, as if Democrats and bureaucrats can be trusted, but only the evil Republicans cannot be. How can an educated person such as yourself continue to fall for the Democrat's sales pitch. It doesn't matter who you put in charge. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. It doesn't pick sides. The only answer is limited government. I wish you would quit calling for more government intervention to solve every problem that comes along. You are being used. Why not post some articles here that talk about real solutions to the biggest problem we face. The problem of corrupt politicians and bureaucrats sucking up more and more of our resources for their own personal gain. It's them against us, it shouldn't be me against you.

Posted by: HappyOD [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 18, 2006 11:17 AM

Happy said:

The only answer is limited government. I wish you would quit calling for more government intervention to solve every problem that comes along. You are being used.

Looks like conservatism in a nutshell. (Or should I say Conservatism?)

Interesting word: intervention. Like, if you offer food or medicine to someone, you are "intervening." -- So instead of getting on with their life, you are distracting them into wasting their precious time by eating.

Well, anyway, I just had this insane epiphany about the word "privatization". Let's say you hire a civil servant to direct traffic. That's not "privatization" because you are merely hiring a human being. It's only privatization if you hire a corporation to hire the human being. So, therefor, human beings are not private -- only corporations are private. So, therefor, "privatization" is not really privatization at all -- it is literally corporatization.

So the trick is to use words in ways that are misleading in order to enforce convoluted policies that end up causing people to screw themselves. Then you blame the people for screwing themselves, and use that to invent even more convoluted policies that...

Posted by: blues [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 18, 2006 12:15 PM

Missing Corrections I

Our lead article in this Sunday's Edition,"Former Antiterror Officials Find Industry Pays Better", in its two opening paragraphs ommitted a defining adjective, indicated in Bold, and should have read

WASHINGTON, June 17 — Dozens of Republican members of the Bush administration's domestic security team, assembled after the 2001 terrorist attacks, are now collecting bigger paychecks in different roles: working on behalf of companies that sell domestic security products, many directly to the federal agencies the officials once helped run.

At least 90 Republican officials at the Department of Homeland Security or the White House Office of Homeland Security — including the department's former secretary, Tom Ridge; the former deputy secretary, Adm. James M. Loy; and the former under secretary, Asa Hutchinson — are executives, consultants or lobbyists for companies that collectively do billions of dollars' worth of domestic security business.

We regret the error.

Submitted by Kwantum Editor

posted at framestorming.org

Posted by: marc sobel [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 18, 2006 2:06 PM

Good point about the corporatization, and great find on the source wathc article happy.

Who are the Democrats there?

I like this one

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=John_D._Graham

Turns out that you don't even have to pretend to quit your real job to prime the pump of the Petroleum Institute or any other deadly private interest.

Bush decreed that it is now enough to take a leave of absence.

Interesting.

By the way Dave, there are some items there that would flesh out your old post about privatizing our National Forests, something that is ever on our minds here lately.

Posted by: grannyinsanity [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 18, 2006 5:19 PM

Granny,

I am so happy to know that someone actually reads my replies. In answer to your question "Where are the democrats", there are none. They were in the middle paragraph, with another link, that I inadvertently left out. This is a list of 138 former elected officials who became lobbyists. It's pretty evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans. Thanks for taking the time to point out my error.

http://opensecrets.org/pubs/lobby98/formerreps.asp

Posted by: HappyOD [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 18, 2006 8:56 PM

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