Tuesday, September 20, 2005

So Much to Grind My Teeth Over

'David Safavian, who until Friday headed the "obscure but extremely important" federal procurement office in the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), was arrested yesterday, accused by federal agents of "lying and obstructing a criminal investigation into Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff's dealings with the federal government." In his position at the OMB, Safavian set purchasing policy for the entire government, and "had recently been working on developing contracting policies for the multibillion-dollar relief effort after Hurricane Katrina." His arrest -- the "first criminal complaint filed against a government official" in the ongoing Abramoff probe -- exposes a thicket of corruption involving Abramoff, leaders of the right-wing movement like Grover Norquist and Ralph Reed, and public officials at the very highest levels of government, including House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX).'

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'Taking his cues from former Attorney General John Ashcroft, Alberto Gonzalez has decided to make the War on Porn "one of the top priorities" of the AG's office. In early August, the FBI's Washington Field Office sent around a job listing to recruit eight federal agents, a supervisor and support staff to take on "manufacturers and purveyors" of pornography. The squad will focus its efforts on those who produce pornography depicting consenting adults. Such porn profiteers include Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., General Motors Corp., Time Warner, and several major hotel chains. The conservative Family Research Council endorsed the move, saying it gave them "a growing sense of confidence in our new attorney general." Some FBI agents were not so pleased. As one anonymous agent put it sarcastically: "I guess this means we've won the war on terror. We must not need any more resources for espionage."'

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'First, Halliburton cashed in on Katrina. Now it's the Texas firm GoldStar EM. GoldStar, an ambulance provider company based in Texas, recently faced serious trouble for "billing irregularities and poor ambulance response times." (According to an investigative article by the Houston Press, the company "maximized profits and growth at the expense of the injured.") The FBI raided the GoldStar in April in a Medicaid fraud investigation; the company is currently facing a $1.3 million tax lien from the IRS. That didn't stop the company from landing a lucrative $5.2 million federal contract to rent 50 ambulances to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The company will make $800 per day in pure profit for each of the 45 ambulances it provides.'

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These are only some of the stories out there the so-called leftist media isn't covering. As of today there are 1,218 days left until the Next Administration begins. Let's just hope there's still a country left at that point.

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