Saturday, December 02, 2006

Bush Administration Corruption Continues

The easy flow of money in the Bush Administration to friends, cronies and campaign contributors is something Bush would have a hard time explaining if it weren't for six years of rubber stamping from a Republican Congress. Despite the changes the recent elections brought about, the Bush machine rolls on. Here's the latest from Scott Higham and Robert O'Harrow of The Washington Post (hat tip to Talking Points Memo):
The new chief of the U.S. General Services Administration is trying to limit the ability of the agency's inspector general to audit contracts for fraud or waste and has said oversight efforts are intimidating the workforce, according to government documents and interviews.

GSA Administrator Lurita Alexis Doan, a Bush political appointee and former government contractor, has proposed cutting $5 million in spending on audits and shifting some responsibility for contract reviews to small, private audit contractors.

Doan also has chided Inspector General Brian D. Miller for not going along with her attempts to streamline the agency's contracting efforts. ...


Doan compared Miller and his staff to terrorists, according to a copy of the notes obtained by The Washington Post.

"There are two kinds of terrorism in the US: the external kind; and, internally, the IGs have terrorized the Regional Administrators," Doan said, according to the notes.

You can only shake your head at the cheap terrorism image. Doan sounds like the Ann Coulter of auditing. Let's repeat it for the hundredth time: Enron was one of the largest corporations in America and went bankrupt because it kept breaking the rules when it came to oversight and audits. Enron was run by crooks. They ran the company into the ground. The same thing can happen to a nation.

Oversight. Oversight. Oversight. Those are the three words Bush needs to hear repeatedly in his final two years.

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Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

Intimidating the work force?

State troopers intimidate speeders, to some extent. Narcs intimidate drug merchants, to some extent.

If the work force is bothering to know and follow the rules because there will be hell to pay otherwise, good enough.

You're right. This smacks of a bid to make life even easier for cheats, incompetents and the just plain lazy of the Bush administration.

If ever an administration needed intensive oversight, this one does.

9:43 PM  
Blogger Craig said...

S.W., you raise a good point. It's amazing how much we ease off the gas pedal when we see a police car two blocks away!

Part of the problem of the last six years is that many Bush appointees take for granted that someone will either 'fix' their ticket or change the law just for them. That's one of the definitions of privilege.

1:10 AM  

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