Monday, September 26, 2005

The Republicans: Party of Cronyism and Incompetence

Time has an encellent story this week on how Bush and his friends have repeatedly chosen right-wing political hacks and corrupt pals for positions of responsibility in the U.S. Government. Among the key paragraphs:

David Safavian didn't have much hands-on experience in government contracting when the Bush Administration tapped him in 2003 to be its chief procurement officer. A law-school internship helping the Pentagon buy helicopters was about the extent of it. Yet as administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Safavian, 38, was placed in charge of the $300 billion the government spends each year on everything from paper clips to nuclear submarines, as well as the $62 billion already earmarked for Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts. It was his job to ensure that the government got the most for its money and that competition for federal contracts--among companies as well as between government workers and private contractors--was fair. It was his job until he resigned on Sept. 16 and was subsequently arrested and charged with lying and obstructing a criminal investigation into Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff's dealings with the Federal Government. (Emphasis added.)

Everywhere you turn, Bush and the Republicans cripple the future of our country.

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