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Fox and hound

Posted by schroeder915 on January 17, 2006

You say the recovery isn’t working for you? The money isn’t trickling down? You’re having to wait too long for that trailer? You think taxpayers are paying exhorbitant overhead charges to contractors who subcontract to subcontractors, who in turn sub-subcontract to other subcontractors?

Unfortunately, complaining to the Bush administration would be like asking the fox to stop watching the hen house, and the Congress — well, that hound don’t hunt.

Operation Eden quoted a Rolling Stone article back in December on the Bush administration’s wholesale privatization of the national security apparatus:

The most glaring example of the for-profit marketization of DHS came on September 26th, barely a month after Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, when some 300 corporate lobbyists and lawyers assembled for the Katrina Reconstruction Summit to learn how they could cash in on the federal effort to rebuild New Orleans. Such how-to sessions are nothing new in Washington, of course, and private firms certainly have a major role to play in relocating the 1.5 million people uprooted by the worst natural disaster in American history. What was extraordinary about this particular summit, however, was that it was held not in some conference room at a Beltway hotel, but in an office building of the U.S. Senate. It was a seminar on profiteering, held on the grounds of the very institution to be plundered.”

By the way — I’ve said it before. If you haven’t paid a visit to Operation Eden, you do need to do so. Clayton has a fine camera, and an excellent photographic eye.


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