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xray s Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 04:13 PM
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FEMA gives $521 million no bid trailer order to big Republican donor!!!
Edited on Wed Sep-28-05 04:18 PM by xray s
The Chicago Tribune has been reporting on the huge orders for trailers FEMA has been placing, especially with a company named Gulf Stream Coach, Inc. There is a lot of concern FEMA is building trailer ghettos to house "those people". The article states this may have been a no bid contract.


http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0509...

Trailers flow from Indiana to Gulf Coast
U.S. shelling out millions to shelter 600,000 victims

By Andrew Martin Andrew Zajac and James Janega, Tribune staff reporters. Andrew Martin and Andrew Zajac reported from Washington, and James Janega reported from Indiana
Published September 28, 2005


ELKHART, Ind. -- Four hundred squat white trailers sat on train cars in the Norfolk Southern rail yard Tuesday, waiting for the long trip to the Gulf of Mexico. In Nappanee, 15 miles away, 200 or more are produced each day. This is what $521 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency contracts looks like: Gulf Stream Coach Inc.'s bare bones Cavalier trailers. They have a steel chassis, a wood frame and white aluminum siding. There's a couch, a kitchen table, a three-burner stove, a double sink and a refrigerator. Each has an adult-size bed and a set of bunk beds, and they can be hooked up to air conditioning and sewer and water lines. A toilet, a shower, and a place to wash your face complete the unit....

"As fast as we can put them on there, they're moving them down there," said Gulf Stream marketing director Steven Lidy, watching the company's trailers being hitched for the ride to the rail yard Tuesday.

The giant award to Gulf Stream for 50,000 housing units is part of unprecedented federal spending to answer one of the basic needs caused by the hurricane disasters of Katrina and Rita: providing an estimated 600,000 displaced people with housing. The trailers are emblematic of the scale and scope of the federal effort in the region. The spending is a window into the urgent, sometimes haphazard contracting process, much of it done with little or no competitive bidding, like Gulf Stream's contract.


Now...the old cynic in me wondered if this was maybe some payback for previous political support. So, I did a little checking up on Gulf Stream Coach, Inc...

http://www.gulfstreamcoach.com/aboutus.htm

Gulf Streams evolution into a world-class RV manufacturer is a success story that has revolutionized the RV industry. The companys founder, James F. Shea Sr., was the driving force behind Gulf Streams growth. His vision, his courage and his drive to succeed drove Gulf Stream to become one of the top five RV manufacturers. His insight and innovation made Gulf Stream a leader, and we continue to lead the RV industry in innovative products. Mr. Sheas philosophy has always been one of working hard but giving generously. Our continued success reflects this commitment to community, to the RV industry and to the Gulf Stream family. Today, Gulf Stream is the envy of other RV manufacturers with our focus on lean manufacturing principles, innovative products and a strong commitment to becoming the best RV manufacturer in the industry. The second generation has taken the reins and continues Mr.Sheas vision and drive.

James F. Shea, Sr. began as a successful attorney in Detroit, Michigan. After a client intrigued him with the possibilities of manufactured housing, he started Fairmont Homes in 1971 in an old sauerkraut factory. Fairmont Homes fashioned a contemporary look for their homes and a successful company was launched during an era when consumers balked at luxury purchases.
2003 - Gulf Stream/Fairmont today

As the success of Fairmont Homes took off, Mr. Shea began thinking about entering into the RV industry. RVs were really at their low point when we began talking about getting into the market, says Brian Shea, now president of Gulf Streams motorized division. It was suffering from high interest rates
<18 to 20 percent> so it was really a tough time. Where most people saw trouble, my dad saw opportunity. He knew how bright the industry could be, says Brian. He knew that the RV business is a cyclical business. Then a funny thing happenedRVs got hot again and the success of Gulf Stream was launched.
Mr. Shea first looked at acquiring existing companies, but instead chose to start from scratch by building new facilities and utilizing improved construction technology in short, doing things his own way. After much thought and many long hours, a new RV company was launched, Gulf Stream Coach. The name was based on fishing trips taken with dealers to the Florida Keys, where they would bask in the tranquil Gulf Stream.


Then, a quick click to opensecrets reveals this...


http://www.opensecrets.org/indivs/search.asp?NumOfThou=...

SHEA MARGARET
SOUTH BEND,IN 46614
FAIRMONT HOMES/DESIGNER
10/28/2002
$250
Burton, Dan

SHEA, BRIAN
MISHAWAKA,IN 46544
BEST EFFORT/BEST EFFORT
3/29/2002
$500
Chocola, Chris

SHEA, BRIAN
MISHAWAKA,IN 46544
BEST EFFORT/BEST EFFORT
5/1/2002
$500
Chocola, Chris

Shea, Brian Mr
Mishawaka,IN 46544
Fairmont Homes
8/27/2002
$1,000
Chocola, Chris

SHEA, DANIEL
MISHAWAKA,IN 46545
GULFSTREAM COACH/EXECUTIVE
4/30/2002
$1,000
Chocola, Chris

SHEA, DANIEL
MISHAWAKA,IN 46545
GULFSTREAM COACH/EXECUTIVE
4/30/2002
$1,000
Chocola, Chris

SHEA, DANIEL G MR
GRANGER,IN 46530
GULF STREAM COACH/PRESIDENT
10/25/2004
$500
Bush, George W

SHEA, JAMES
MISHAWAKA,IN 46544
FAIRMONT HOMES/VICE PRESIDENT
6/10/2003
$5,000
Indiana Republican State Central Cmte

SHEA, JAMES
MISHAWAKA,IN 46544
FAIRMONT HOMES/PRESIDENT
10/4/2003
$1,000
Chocola, Chris

SHEA, JAMES
MISHAWAKA,IN 46544
FAIRMONT HOMES/PRESIDENT
11/1/2004
$1,000
Chocola, Chris

SHEA, JAMES
MISHAWAKA,IN 46544
FAIRMONT HOMES INC./EX. COMM. CHAIR
3/12/2001
$1,000
Roukema, Marge

SHEA, JAMES
MISHAWAKA,IN 46544
FAIRMOUNT HOMES INC/BUSINESS EXECUT
4/11/2002
$1,000
Souder, Mark E

SHEA, JAMES
MISHAWAKA,IN 46544
FAIRMOUNT HOMES INC/BUSINESS EXECUT
4/11/2002
$1,000
Souder, Mark E

SHEA, JAMES
SOUTH BEND,IN 46614
FAIRMOUNT HOMES INC/BUSINESS EXECUT
4/30/2002
$1,000
Souder, Mark E

SHEA, JAMES F
MISHAWAKA,IN 46544
FAIRMONT HOMES/PRESIDENT
11/19/2001
$1,000
Chocola, Chris

SHEA, JAMES F
MISHAWAKA,IN 46544
FAIRMONT HOMES/PRESIDENT
3/21/2002
$1,000
Chocola, Chris

SHEA, JAMES F
MISHAWAKA,IN 46544
FAIRMONT HOMES INC./BUSINESS EXECUT
2/22/2001
$500
Ney, Bob

SHEA, JAMES F
MISHAWAKA,IN 46544
FAIRMONT HOMES INC./BUSINESS EXECUT
8/13/2001
$500
Ney, Bob

Shea, James F Mr
South Bend,IN 46614
retired
8/23/2002
$1,000
Chocola, Chris

SHEA, JAMES FOSTER MR
MISHAWAKA,IN 46544
FAIRMONT HOMES INC./BUSINESS EXECUT
11/1/2002
$2,500
National Republican Congressional Cmte

SHEA, JAMES FOSTER MR
MISHAWAKA,IN 46544
FAIRMONT HOMES/OWNER
9/11/2002
$500
American Liberty PAC

SHEA, JAMES FRANKLIN
NAPPANEE,IN 46550
FAIRMONT HOMES INC./BUSINESS EXECUT
11/5/2001
$500
Ney, Bob

SHEA, JAMES SR
SOUTH BEND,IN 46614
RETIRED/RETIRED
5/1/2002
$1,000
Chocola, Chris

SHEA, MARGARET
SOUTH BEND,IN 46614
FAIRMOUNT HOMES INC/INTERIOR DESIGN
4/30/2002
$1,000
Souder, Mark E




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tompayne1 Donating Member (346 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 04:14 PM
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1. THEY ARE DOING THE F*(&^($ Trailerparks!!!!!!!
I can't beleive that. that is so sick and wrong it will cause problems for years to come.
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xray s Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 04:22 PM
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2. kick
:kick:

don't let this sink
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newblewtoo Donating Member (332 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 04:36 PM
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3. Excuse me but....
Trailers are not really all that hurricane friendly. I just can't get the story of 'The Three Little Pigs' out of my mind...and not just because of the huffin an puffin. Pork that is what this is all about.

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xray s Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 04:38 PM
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4. Yeah!
The idea is, the next hurricane wipes this batch out, and then they put in another order for $500 million.

The BushCo perpetual motion machine.
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 05:05 PM
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5. Photos ...
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xray s Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 05:23 PM
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6. They have the Barbara Bush Seal of Approval
Edited on Wed Sep-28-05 05:23 PM by xray s
"A haven for the disadvantaged"....plus you can keep a close eye on 'em when you have 'em all hearded up like Texas longhorns.
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KenCarson Donating Member (170 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 05:25 PM
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7. those are CAMPING trailers
not even as stable as a single wide
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 05:37 PM
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8. I doubt they'd pass FHA regulations or building codes.
Edited on Wed Sep-28-05 05:42 PM by TahitiNut
But who bothers to worry about codes and regulations? Hell, the Repukes just brush 'em outa the way and deal with the poor like a tuna canning operation.

FWIW, they're paying about $13,025 for a trailer that normally goes for about $12,000 retail -- and they're bare minimum.
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AirAmFan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 06:15 PM
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9. *'s hatred of housing vouchers (he TERMINATES HUD Section 8 in his budget
for 2006), along with Hastert's inaction on Senate Katrina legislation, is keeping New Orleanians from coming home.

WHAT FEMA is funding is just as much a scandal as HOW they're procuring it.

The White House LOVES school vouchers, which never have been shown objectively to produce better education results than the public schooling it de-funds. But it HATES housing vouchers, which the Senate approved unanimously for Gulf flood victims on September 14th, and which could save tens of thousands of families from trailer-park slums or worse.

Instead of housing vouchers, the WH wants to buy 200,000 trailers for trailer park cities of up to 15,000 units. But only 130,000 units were built all last year, and dry-ground sites with utilitites are scarce near New Orleans. And even Newt Gingrich recognizes that, in the past, such trailer parks quickly have turned into violent slums in Florida and elsewhere.

See http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05268/576768.stm and an earlier DU thread at http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph... .
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xray s Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 03:14 PM
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10. kick
what the hell :kick:
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