Sunday, September 11, 2005

Sunday Morning!

It's Sunday morning, time for that first cup of coffee!

On this day when we should be remembering the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and the great loss of life which occurred on that date, the news remains overwhelmingly focused on the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina.

Have no fear, your government has things under control!

The following from CNN News 09/10/2005:

Firms with White House ties get Katrina contracts
FEMA taps Halliburton subsidiary, Shaw Group, Bechtel for cleanup
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Companies with ties to the Bush White House and the former head of FEMA are clinching some of the administration's first disaster relief and reconstruction contracts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

At least two major corporate clients of lobbyist Joe Allbaugh, President Bush's former campaign manager and a former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, have already been tapped to start recovery work along the battered Gulf Coast.
One is Shaw Group Inc. and the other is Halliburton Co. subsidiary Kellogg Brown and Root. Vice President Dick Cheney is a former head of Halliburton.
Bechtel National Inc., a unit of San Francisco-based Bechtel Corp., has also been selected by FEMA to provide short-term housing for people displaced by the hurricane. 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.

Experts say it has been common practice in both Republican and Democratic administrations for policy makers to take lobbying jobs once they leave office, and many of the same companies seeking contracts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina have already received billions of dollars for work in Iraq. Halliburton alone has earned more than $9 billion. Pentagon audits released by Democrats in June showed $1.03 billion in "questioned" costs and $422 million in "unsupported" costs for Halliburton's work in Iraq.


Blogzie said...

Oh dear.

After reading that, I think I will have to mainline my coffee this morning.

Oh! I don't drink coffee.


I wonder if Pepsi hurts going up your nose.

I'm about to find out...

ConnieJane said...

Don, I saw this same information on Michael Moore's page today. Nice to know Dick the Prick and all the Bush cronies are once again going to make our like bandits off the American public and our tragedies. Not to worry about Homeland Security or FEMA's problems... the next guy or gal can worry about that.

Good old Dubya. What a guy. He had to create a war to get them on the payroll. This time he just lucked out with Mother Nature.

Hope the have direct deposit so they don't have to actually carry the money to the bank.