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appleannie1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-02-07 10:10 PM
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Walter Reed was privatized by Halliburton subsidiary
Committee subpoenas former Walter Reed chief

By Kelly Kennedy - Staff writer
Posted : Friday Mar 2, 2007 18:51:46 EST

The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has subpoenaed Maj. Gen. George Weightman, who was fired as head of Walter Reed Army Medical Center, after Army officials refused to allow him to testify before the committee Monday.

Read complete coverage of the Walter Reed controversy.

Committee Chairman Henry Waxman and subcommittee Chairman John Tierney asked Weightman to testify about an internal memo that showed privatization of services at Walter Reed could put patient care services… at risk of mission failure.

But Army officials refused to allow Weightman to appear before the committee after he was relieved of command.

The Army was unable to provide a satisfactory explanation for the decision to prevent General Weightman from testifying, committee members said in a statement today.

The committee wants to learn more about a letter written in September by Garrison Commander Peter Garibaldi to Weightman.

The memorandum describes how the Armys decision to privatize support services at Walter Reed Army Medical Center was causing an exodus of highly skilled and experienced personnel, the committees letter states. According to multiple sources, the decision to privatize support services at Walter Reed led to a precipitous drop in support personnel at Walter Reed.

The letter said Walter Reed also awarded a five-year, $120-million contract to IAP Worldwide Services, which is run by Al Neffgen, a former senior Halliburton official.

They also found that more than 300 federal employees providing facilities management services at Walter Reed had drooped to fewer than 60 by Feb. 3, 2007, the day before IAP took over facilities management. IAP replaced the remaining 60 employees with only 50 private workers.

The conditions that have been described at Walter Reed are disgraceful, the letter states. Part of our mission on the Oversight Committee is to investigate what led to the breakdown in services. It would be reprehensible if the deplorable conditions were caused or aggravated by an ideological commitment to privatize government services regardless of the costs to taxpayers and the consequences for wounded soldiers.

The letter said the Defense Department systemically tried to replace federal workers at Walter Reed with private companies for facilities management, patient care and guard duty a process that began in 2000.

But the push to privatize support services there accelerated under President Bushs competitive sourcing initiative, which was launched in 2002, the letter states.

During the year between awarding the contract to IAP and when the company started, skilled government workers apparently began leaving Walter Reed in droves, the letter states. The memorandum also indicates that officials at the highest levels of Walter Reed and the U.S. Army Medical Command were informed about the dangers of privatization, but appeared to do little to prevent them.

The memo signed by Garibaldi requests more federal employees because the hospital mission had grown significantly during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It states that medical command did not concur with their request for more people.

Without favorable consideration of these requests, Garibaldi wrote, Base Operations and patient care services are at risk of mission failure.
http://www.armytimes.com/news/2007/03/Weightmansubpoena...
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Maddy McCall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-02-07 10:11 PM
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1. Kick and Rec.
Unfuckingbelievable how predictable all of this has become.

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Mend Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-02-07 10:14 PM
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3. I listened to ALL the news channels to see if any of them would
mention this, including the cables, and no one said a word about this outrage. No wonder we don't watch tv news.
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glitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-02-07 10:21 PM
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17. There's really no point to watching it anymore. K & R nt
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bluerum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 04:35 PM
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112. 110% with you glitch.
Oh yeah - I can count the K & R's I have made over the course of a couple years at DU on my fingers.

This is one of them.
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Cooley Hurd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 09:06 AM
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73. CNN did (via C&L):
http://www.crooksandliars.com/2007/03/02/breaking-did-p... /

...but that's about it (I don't believe it was brought up on KO last night - Amy Roerbach was subbing for him).
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dkofos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 09:29 AM
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77. Lou Dobbs did a piece on it thursday or friday night
Edited on Sat Mar-03-07 09:29 AM by dkofos
I don't have the video
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The Wizard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 04:05 PM
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110. The Hague?
Do not pass The Hague. Do not collect $2trillion. Go directly to the electric chair.
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ManOfTheYear Donating Member (8 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-04-07 10:00 AM
Response to Reply #73
148. keith olbermann...
will have something on Monday!
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TankLV Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 08:37 PM
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131. Faux had a lengthy program on it as I was flipping thru...
It's all Clinton's fault, don't you know...

at least that was their "outrage"...
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brer cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-02-07 10:15 PM
Response to Reply #1
6. Yes, and don't you know
that Halliburton will be tied in. grrr

K&R
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-02-07 10:13 PM
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2. This has the potential to be bigger than Libby's trial. nt
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SharonRB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-02-07 10:15 PM
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7. Unfuckingbelievable
It's even worse than I thought. But nothing shocks me anymore with these guys.
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halobeam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-02-07 10:38 PM
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34. hey there...
yeah.. scary to know so much and STILL it's always, ALWAYS worse than we even knew/thought.

Never surprising.

We knew the road to recovery was going to be bumpy, and so here we (I shutter to say "begin" but I have to)..BEGIN.
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SharonRB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-02-07 10:59 PM
Response to Reply #34
40. Hi, halo
I was just over at the lake -- hysterical thread about misheard song lyrics.
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colorado_ufo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 10:01 AM
Response to Reply #34
78. Wonder what else we don't know
that is going on right this moment!
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Patsy Stone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-02-07 10:14 PM
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4. So very recommended
Another heinous revelation.
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SharonRB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-02-07 10:16 PM
Response to Reply #4
10. Are we having a meeting here now?
:hi:
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Patsy Stone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-02-07 10:32 PM
Response to Reply #10
27. We are omnipotent!
:hi:
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Fresh_Start Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-02-07 10:15 PM
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5. the evil reach of halliburton
aren't we all surprised?
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Fresh_Start Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-02-07 10:16 PM
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9. could be better though
could be halliburton, ann coulter, rush limbaugh, O'reilly, Hannity, and Cheney daughter = joint venture
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spindrifter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-02-07 10:16 PM
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8. Let's not forget--
this whole nightmare did not start with Major General Weightman. Let's give credit where credit is due: Rumsfeld.
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brer cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-02-07 10:17 PM
Response to Reply #8
11. Amen, Amen, and Amen.
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SharonRB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-02-07 10:18 PM
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14. I can't even imagine how Rummy would be reacting to all of this
If he's really as sincere as he appears, Gates has impressed me so far. He's been acting appropriately -- no heckuva job, Gates for him. He really seems to be doing the best he can under these awful circumstances so far.
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spindrifter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-02-07 10:30 PM
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25. While Gates has acted like a sane person
with respect to WRH today, the problem is that he is many days too late. He should have been on this immediately. He also should have told the Army that he saw this as a BFD and everything they did to remedy the situation needed to be vetted by him/his people. I would NEVER have put Kiley back in charge, even for a day! That is beyond ridiculous. But I also would not be making Weightman bear the brunt of criticism.
Obviously, Gates can't directly come out and say that this crap pile is Rummy's doing--but we certainly can.
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Ilsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-02-07 10:40 PM
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36. Gates' demeanor at his press conference today said alot.
He is thoroughly pissed. He had that "What the fuck did I do, giving up that great university job at TAMU for this political shit" look on his face.
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spindrifter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-02-07 11:22 PM
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45. If he was so smart he would never have given up
the academic gig. Politics at universities are usually cut-throat--but the stakes are usually pretty low compared to the s--t storm he's in.
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Rageneau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-06-07 04:21 PM
Response to Reply #36
173. Gates was appointed as the designated spear catcher for W
He won't do anything to hurt Bush. He wouldn't have his new job if there was any danger of him having any actual integrity.
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Sydnie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-02-07 10:17 PM
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12. Remember the Brac closings in 2005?
They were attempting to "realign" Walter Reed with those changes too.

The Washington Post reported on the possibility of closing it altogether here. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20... And the Brac plans are in a pdf here. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/nation/documents/b... Seems to be documented right there to me, but maybe I'm missing something here. :shrug:
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-02-07 10:22 PM
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20. WOW! Thanks for the reminder: here's another blurb about Brac:
http://www.defenselink.mil/news/May2005/20050513_1081.h...

American Forces Press Service



BRAC 2005: Closings, Realignments to Reshape Infrastructure
By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 13, 2005 The Defense Department has recommended closing 33 major bases and realigning 29 others as part of a comprehensive reshaping of the military infrastructure through the base realignment and closure process.

Michael Wynne, defense undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, announced Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's closure and realignment recommendations at a Pentagon news conference today.
snip//

DoD defines major realignments as installations losing at least 400 people. The five major Army realignments are Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington; the Rock Island Arsenal, Ill.; Fort Knox, Ky.; and Fort Eustis, Va.; and the Army Reserve Personnel Center in St. Louis.

more...
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appleannie1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-02-07 10:17 PM
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13. First they feed them
rotten food, then provide them with water containing raw sewage. Now they are taking care of the injured. This damn war is all about making money, at the expense of American people.
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GreatCaesarsGhost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-02-07 10:33 PM
Response to Reply #13
29. don't forget the contaminated fuel
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ClintonTyree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 07:08 AM
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65. But, but....
the private sector can do the jobs so much better than bloated government bureaucracies. Just look at the money we're saving the taxpayers! :sarcasm:

When you open the chicken-coop up to foxes like Halliburton, KBR, Blackwater, GE etc. what else can you expect but a mass of dead chickens? The Republic theory that private business can always do a better job than the government has never held water. But that doesn't stop them from continuing the process of privatization, there's too much money at stake for their supporters. Corporate America's financial backing of the Republic party is paying them huge dividends and they're laughing all the way to the bank. Never mind that they cut so many corners to maximize profits that every system they touch is falling apart, it's good for the economy! :grr:

What would you rather have: government programs that work or tax cuts for the rich? We can't have both and the Bush economic miracle depends upon giving as much taxpayer money as possible to their corporate masters.

Why don't the people of our country WAKE UP? Republics are NOT in the average American's corner: they never have been and they never will be. Their primary concern is money: how much they can bring in and how much they can hand out but in BOTH ways the money seems to make it's way back into their own pockets. Yet they can con 50% of Americans into thinking it's in their own best interests. :banghead: We have a populace that is damned near brain-dead but you can't tell them that because then you're a meddlesome liberal who thinks you're smarter than they are, the learned "elite" that Republics so strongly warn their constituents against.

I'm about to give up on this damned country. A more stupid group of citizens I have never seen, anywhere. Absolutely NO political curiosity whatsoever, they'll depend on assholes like Limbaugh, Hannity, Coulter et al. to TELL THEM HOW TO THINK! :puke: It makes me physically ill to think I live among these jackasses.

OK, I'm done now. Had to get that off my chest. :rant:
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femrap Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 11:01 AM
Response to Reply #65
81. Excellent rant....
I, too, am about to give up on our citizenry. I believe it was Gore Vidal who said that it would be the stupidity of Americans that would make him leave this nation.

I think about that....having to leave.
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havocmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 11:43 AM
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85. Privatization =lower worker wages, lower withholding taxes paid, execs make more, service suffers
There are many things best done communally ---> Public Servants who actually serve the public. bushco appoints agency heads based on loyalty to their agenda, which is: funnel public money to private businesses.

Those who actually serve the public are really getting slammed. Decisions from the top make it harder, if not impossible, to serve the clients (the public) so the public gets pissed. They take it out on the Public Servant they are dealing with directly, not the agency heads that are deliberately fucking things up. Get the public pissed at the public servants and it gets easier to convince voters that privatizing will make things better.

This has been going on for some time now, reaching crescendo soon. Lots of Baby Boomers in public service are about to retire. The brain-drain from that alone is gonna be horrible for agencies. bushco is making life hell so many are getting out early. Hmm, makes ya wonder about pensions, doesn't it?

Workers for private companies generally get less, so what sort of service will they give? And less wages = less payroll taxes. That doesn't bode well for the public coffers, which the corporations are ALREADY raiding.

a good site to bookmark for news major media doesn't cover much (along with comments from worker bees in Public Service) is http://www.govexec.com / . Put that site on your daily rounds of news sites and you might get the impression the junta is pissing in the communal pot and some folks are getting tired of letting it happen ;)
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donkeyotay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 12:15 PM
Response to Reply #65
86. Glad you feel better, now. I share your frustration with the GOPer base
We can't reach them. They get their information from a) their church and b) hate radio. Both taught them not to take in any outside information. It's tempting to call them the dumbest sonsobitches on the planet...and I do, but they really are decent people. They are misinformed. If you control the information on which people base their opinions, then you control their opinions.

Sorry, I'm feeling reasonable today. Don't mean to piss on a great rant.
:)
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TheMadMonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-06-07 12:23 AM
Response to Reply #86
172. Mate. I'd like to agree with you. However, ...
...these people are for the most part willfully ignorant. Worse, to use the vernacular, they are willfully PIG ignorant. (Which is an insult to a very smart animal.) They choose to be ignorant and are proud of their ignorance.

They will not see the truth when it is right in front of them, nor when it comes up behind and bites them on the arse. In my book this makes them serious contenders for the title of the dumbest sons of bitches on the planet,
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Broadslidin Donating Member (949 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 02:30 PM
Response to Reply #65
93. A Piece of Reality, So Well Written......
Having only a few 'Mild' swear words, Tis Amazing....!!
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skepticscott Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 04:50 PM
Response to Reply #65
114. We can only hope
That the Democrats in Congress will take this opportunity not only to publicly eviscerate everyone who had the slightest knowledge of or complicity in this mess, but also to demonstrate to the American public that this kind of situation is inevitable and will continue to happen as long as we have a party in charge that believes government should do as little as possible for its citizens. I'm just surprised they didn't have Grover Norquist stop by to drown all those patients in a bathtub. It wouldn't have been the most heartless thing the Bushites have ever done.
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SemperEadem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-04-07 06:16 AM
Response to Reply #114
146. The Democrats aren't going to do a damn thing to make significant changes
They're too afraid to play hard enough ball to make a difference.
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truedelphi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-04-07 12:40 AM
Response to Reply #65
134. Being told what to think
Edited on Sun Mar-04-07 12:43 AM by truedelphi
>>I'm about to give up on this damned country. A more stupid group of citizens I have never seen, anywhere. Absolutely NO political curiosity whatsoever, they'll depend on assholes like Limbaugh, Hannity, Coulter et al. to TELL THEM HOW TO THINK! It makes me physically ill to >>think I live among these jackasses

boy Do I ever agree with you. Sometimes I can handle rich people who are for the Administration. I figure that "Hey at least they got a huge tax cut." I mean an extra quarter million dollars would probably soften up the way I feel about George and Dick

But what gets my goat is when you are talking to people who are BARELY making it and they are praising Limbaugh and re-iterating every word he's ever said. Some stuff I own is at a storage place - and the manager there has cerebral palsy and is nearly blind. He will take a day off to try and find some government program to help his sorry Ass and then he will complain that the program has been cut back - yet he is always saying he cannot stand the level of socialism that the Democrats have brought to this country and that people need to be indpendent amnd take care of themselves. (@#%#!)

And of course he will go on to try and explain to me that we need this gazillion dollar war.

these people MAKE NO SENSE!! They do however make my head spin!
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bearfan454 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-04-07 01:48 PM
Response to Reply #134
154. The Dominoe's delivery guy has a W sticker on his car here
Classic, just fucking classic how stupid and easily controlled some people are.
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ManWroteTheBible Donating Member (68 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-04-07 04:48 PM
Response to Reply #65
162. Very well said...
I fell exactly the same way! I've even gone so far as to looking into immigrating to another country. Our moronic fellow countrymen (and women) deserve the country they've allowed to degenerate unquestioned.
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SammyWinstonJack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 02:41 PM
Response to Reply #13
95. bu$hco=WAR PROFITEERS!
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Carni Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-02-07 10:19 PM
Response to Original message
15. Whoomp THERE IT IS!
Edited on Fri Mar-02-07 10:20 PM by Carni
I KNEW IT! I thought I had my tin foil on too tight but of course with this * admin truth is stranger than fiction as per usual!
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file83 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 01:06 PM
Response to Reply #15
90. It's almost getting too easy these days...
Edited on Sat Mar-03-07 01:06 PM by file83
...if there is a news story involving disgrace, you can bet your chips that either the Bush Admin, Cheney, or Halliburton (or all three), are responsible for it.

Kind of the same reason I'm suspicious of 9/11. I'm just sayin'...
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Tansy_Gold Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 06:07 PM
Response to Reply #90
120. Don't forget Carlyle Group
Just read in another thread that (resigned in disgrace) Secy of the Army Francis Harvey used to be CEO of IT Group in the greater conglomerate of Carlyle Group. Shady dealings led to bankruptcy of the sort that greatly benefited Carlyle Group (think GHWBooooosh and John Major, among others). Included in the $400 million in govt. contracts awarded to IT Group under CEO Harvey was one to cleanup the Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island. . . . Hmmmmm, where have we heard that name before?


Tansy Gold is NOT a :tinfoilhat:er but she's learning how to play one on tv
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Carni Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-04-07 03:54 PM
Response to Reply #90
161. Yep! I know! eom
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Nite Owl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-02-07 10:21 PM
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16. Privitization
it just doesn't work. When is some brave dem going to come out and say just that, we need contol of our country back. If the only way capitalism can work is to privitize everything to increase the bottom line of the corporation than we are no longer a democracy. (As if we didn't really know that already.)
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StClone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-02-07 10:53 PM
Response to Reply #16
39. Greenwald's Documentary "Iraq for Sale"
Edited on Fri Mar-02-07 10:58 PM by StClone
Utterly gut turning expose on the sickening world of privatization and war profiteering by Halliburton, Blackwater and the lot of death dealing pirates.
http://iraqforsale.org/about.php

Today on Wisconsin Public Radio Greenwald gave a quick and dirty account of his documentary. It is archived at the link for the date 3/2/07 with host Kathleen Dunn.


http://www.wpr.org/webcasting/audioarchives_display.cfm...
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Nite Owl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-02-07 11:32 PM
Response to Reply #39
48. Thanks!
I think I am going to buy the movie and have a showing. I got the interview bookmarked to listen to tomorrow.

Have you seen The Corporation?
http://www.thecorporation.com /

That's a good one too, saw it a while ago and it's time to watch it again.
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Pacifist Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 09:27 AM
Response to Reply #39
76. My church is proudly hosting a screening of that this month.
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ninkasi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 03:47 PM
Response to Reply #16
106. I've never understood why anyone
would think that privatization would be better than letting the work be done by government workers. After all, when things are done by government employees, there is no profit to be considered. Privatizing services always leads to costing the taxpayers far more, having the quality of services reduced, and enriching cronies who are already madly rich. Somehow, it seems that the repukes can't understand that just because services are privatized, the taxpayers still pay for everything, they're just paying taxes to make rich men richer.

I can't think of any formerly public service which has been privatized, and actually improved services, or saved money. Not a single one. I never have seen the sense of it, due to the profit motive, which is, of course, exactly why repukes think it's a good idea.
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progressive_realist Donating Member (669 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 04:41 PM
Response to Reply #106
113. I'm not sure why the math is so hard for people to understand
Government can provide goods and services at cost.

Private industry can provide goods and services for cost plus profit.

Private industry will not work for zero or negative profits.

Therefore, government can always provide the same goods or services for less than private industry can.
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JBear Donating Member (318 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 07:16 PM
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126. I just want to know...
Just how much of our government DID we outsource to a single company??

:bounce:
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Marie26 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-04-07 04:06 AM
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140. There's something very fishy
Edited on Sun Mar-04-07 04:18 AM by Marie26
about how this contract went down. In 2000, the Army held a "privatization review" for the Walter Reed services, in which the current federal employees had to bid against private contractors for the contract. In 2004, the federal employees actually WON the contract, because they had the lowest price. Then, in 2006, the Army mysteriously changed its mind after "re-calculating" the figures, reversed the decision & awarded the Walter Reed contract to IAP instead.


GAO declines to hear protest of Walter Reed competitive sourcing decision

The Government Accountability Office earlier this week dismissed a protest filed on behalf of employees at the Army's Walter Reed Medical Center, ruling that the employee group had no standing to challenge the outcome of a public-private job competition initiated prior to January 2005.

... The competition began in January 2000. The in-house employee team won in September 2004, but the award was the subject of numerous appeals and a round of revisions leading to an award to Cape Canaveral, Fla.-based IAP Worldwide Services last month.

The American Federation of Government Employees, which provided funding to back the protest, said the impetus to appeal came from Walter Reed managers who were disappointed to see how the competition process played out.While the initial employee bid was $7 million less than that of IAP Worldwide Services, a mid-stream solicitation change resulted in a recalculation of the bids by all parties and in IAP's bid coming in $7 million lower, said John Threlkeld, a lobbyist for AFGE. Threlkeld said the process for recalculating the employee bid was flawed, resulting in the inflation of the estimate that rendered it uncompetitive with IAP's bid.

The entire five-year contract is valued at more than $120 million, according to the IAP press release, and includes support and environmental services, transportation functions, community activities, information management, logistics and public works.

http://www.govexec.com/story_page.cfm?articleid=33462&r...

What exactly is a "mid-stream solicitation change?" Somebody at the Army was very desperate to give this contract to IAP. They fudged & lied about the figures in order to claim that IAP's bid was lower. They were so desperate, they revoked the federal employees contract to service Walter Reed, in spite of the outcry that decision would cause. I wonder why. When Congress begins investigating this, they'll find a huge web of corruption & criminality behind Walter Reed's mismanagement.
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PegDAC Donating Member (906 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-04-07 07:55 PM
Response to Reply #16
164. Their theory
is that the savings are in not having to pay the the Government employees' pensions.
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HCE SuiGeneris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-02-07 10:21 PM
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18. Just more feckless direction from the OVP.
Dick's are bad for U.S. politics it would seem.
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burrowowl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-02-07 10:21 PM
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19. K&R
IMPEACH BU$HCO NOW!
OUTRAGEOUS!

:mad: :mad: :mad:
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Kansas Wyatt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-02-07 10:23 PM
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21. And how much has DICK 'DeadEye' Cheney's
Blind trust grown over the last six years?

The end result is still the same, and that white speck on top of chicken shit is chicken shit too.

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lovuian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-02-07 10:25 PM
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22. It is all through the Bush administration He privatized
took more money and fewer people and lousy care
then they pocketed the money

A den of thieves
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seafan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-02-07 11:53 PM
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51. And brother Jebbie did the same rotten privatization schemes in Florida.
Right now, the new gov. and cfo are getting ready to examine all of these contracting debacles.


We must never allow any more members of this terrible blood line to get anywhere near our White House ever again. They are truly a den of thieves.

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Marie26 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-04-07 04:09 AM
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141. On IAP's website,
they brag about getting a ton of Florida gov. contracts as well.
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PegDAC Donating Member (906 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-04-07 07:52 PM
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163. Yeah.
But it all started under Ronnie Raygun.
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-02-07 10:25 PM
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23. Gee, I never woulda guessed that!
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notadmblnd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-02-07 10:28 PM
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24. But they didn't mention John Snow.
pieces of articles I posted in another thread earlier this week

A small defense contractor now controlled by a former Bush adminstration cabinet secretary is taking on Halliburton Co. (Nachrichten) by bidding for one of three Army contracts worth up to $50 billion each to provide food and shelter to U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Within days of former U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow becoming chairman of the New York hedge fund that owns IAP Worldwide Services Inc., the company submitted its bid for huge Army contracts that will be awarded by year-end.

Cerberus Capital Management LP owns Cape Canaveral, Fla.-based IAP, which is led by former executives from Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown&Root.

http://www.finanznachrichten.de/nachrichten-2006-11/art ...

Loren Thompson, a defence consultant, said that while it was not unusual for financial investors such as Carlyle to buy properties based on a backlog of already-booked contracts, Cerberus appeared to have invested heavily on a bet that it could transform IAP into a vehicle that could win contracts in the future. That view is underscored by Cerberus's lobbying records, which show it spent hundreds of thousands of dollars last year lobbying lawmakers on "issues related to government oversight" of logistics contracts.

The US army decided this summer to strip Halliburton of its exclusive hold over the omnibus contract known as Logcap following widespread allegations that the Texas oil services group had wasted hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars on contracts to provide support in Iraq and Afghanistan.

http://news.moneycentral.msn.com/provider/providerartic...
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Patsy Stone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-02-07 10:31 PM
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26. Not sure about subsidiary, since I can't find any money exchanged
Edited on Fri Mar-02-07 10:31 PM by Patsy Stone
between them, but IPA is certainly staffed by former KBR executives and its connected to a hedge fund managed by John Snow. Even if it's not Halliburton per se, it's close enough.

In November of 2006 they bid against Halliburton:

http://www.iii.co.uk/investment/detail/?display=news&co...

WASHINGTON (AFX) - A defense contractor now overseen by a former Bush administration cabinet secretary is taking on Halliburton Co. by bidding for one of three Army contracts worth up to $50 billion each to provide food and shelter to U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Within days of former U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow becoming chairman of the New York hedge fund that owns IAP Worldwide Services Inc., the company submitted its bid for huge Army contracts that will be awarded by year-end. Cerberus Capital Management LP owns Cape Canaveral, Fla.-based IAP, which is led by former executives from Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown & Root.

KBR is currently the Army's sole contractor for providing food and shelter to the military in Iraq and Afghanistan. But the Army wants multiple contractors for these services and KBR is bidding again. Some defense analysts are predicting both KBR and IAP, which is run by former KBR executives, will each win one of the 10-year deals that start in 2007.

IAP Chief Executive Al Neffgen, who joined the company in December 2004, served as KBR's chief operating officer of government and infrastructure for the Americas Region, while president Dave Swindle was vice president of KBR's business acquisition and national security programs before joining IAP in April 2005. Chuck Dominy, a retired Army lieutenant general, joined IAP in July 2005 after serving for years as Halliburton's chief lobbyist in Washington.

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CorpGovActivist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-02-07 10:33 PM
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28. Patsy: IAP Is a Shell ...
... set up to convey the illusion of a competitive bid for LOGCAP IV:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

- Dave
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Patsy Stone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-02-07 10:35 PM
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32. As I said
A wink's as good as a nod.

Thanks for the additional info.

:hi:
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CorpGovActivist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-02-07 10:39 PM
Response to Reply #32
35. You Bet!
And a Stoli's as good as a Bolli.

; )

Love ya!

- Dave
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SharonRB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-02-07 11:04 PM
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42. Can you say incestuous relationship?
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ProudDad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 06:34 PM
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122. And they're so god damn blatent
A bunch of well connected middle-age white bastards. God DAMN, just check those fucks out at their triumphalist web site:

http://www.iapws.com/who/leadership.aspx

Makes one GAG!!!

(Full Disclosure: I'm a slightly past middle age white guy - but I'm working class not an upper class fuck like these robbers)
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Monkeyman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-02-07 10:34 PM
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30. K&R
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Ilsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-02-07 10:34 PM
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31. Original post in LBN:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

I didn't know we could post the entire article in Gen. Discussion.
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BayCityProgressive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-02-07 10:42 PM
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37. Just another example
of the horrid limitations of capitalism. Some things are better left to socialism/nonprofit/state-run (whatever you wanna call it) and anything to do with healthcare is one of those things.
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DemReadingDU Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-02-07 11:00 PM
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41. I think there is supposed to be a limit of 4 paragraphs
Edited on Fri Mar-02-07 11:03 PM by DemReadingDU
edit to add that sometimes the link for the armytimes becomes 'broken', and need to go to the main page to get the link
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Lasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 05:08 AM
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62. The copyright rule applies to all forums.
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TomInTib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-02-07 10:36 PM
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33. This should be taken to the streets
Veterans nationwide should be in the streets of DC.

I do not know which emotion I feel more strongly..., just plain sick... or homicidal.
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blossomstar Donating Member (772 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-02-07 10:53 PM
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38. Health care can not be about money!
I worked at the Naval Aviation Depot in Cherry Point back in the 80's when Reagan was President and first started the "privatization" crap. The rest rooms and office cleaning were the first jobs that were "contracted" out to save really big bucks for the government. I remember going to the ladies room and one of the women civil servant workers that was losing her job was telling me that she only had five years to retirement and had to go out and look for another job. The rest rooms were always very clean and odor free before being contracted out... then, slowly but surely it got so bad that we were waiting to go home to go to the bathroom it was so smelly in there! Complaint after complaint was sent up the chain of command. The restrooms and offices would look better for a few weeks, then would gradually get back to the same. I can only imagine what happened at Walter Reed. HEALTH CARE can not be about money! Greed will intervene and overcome. Where is our concern for human beings? I am ashamed to be an American.
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BayCityProgressive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-02-07 11:06 PM
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43. The US is a vulture capitalist society
the US has always been built on the backs of women, slaves, the poor and the oppressed. We take any opportunity to make a profit off the worst of situations. All segments of the economy essential to the well being of the people should be nonprofit. controled by a mixture of co-ops, workers councils, local, state, and federal government.
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blossomstar Donating Member (772 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-02-07 11:24 PM
Response to Reply #43
46. Exactly.
Only problem is, you will be called a socialist.
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ninkasi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 03:51 PM
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108. That wouldn't bother me a bit
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Marie26 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-04-07 04:22 AM
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143. Walter Reed is now literally run by vulture capitalists.
Cereberus Capital, the hedge fund that owns IAP, is a vulture capitalist firm. They make their profits by buying up bankrupt/struggling companies for a low, low price. Nice, huh?
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CJCRANE Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-04-07 04:45 AM
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144. Strange name: "Cerberus" is the "Hound of Hades"...
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Marie26 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-04-07 02:25 PM
Response to Reply #144
155. Not very warm & fuzzy
Edited on Sun Mar-04-07 03:08 PM by Marie26
I guess "Satan" was already taken.

Rumsfeld is a major investor at Cerberus. http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/05_40/b395...

Bush Treasury Sec. John Snow is Cerberus's chairman
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cerberus_Capital_Managemen...

Cerberus also OWNED the Republican Head of the Appropriations Committee, Rep. Jerry Lewis. He stated that Cerberus' fund-raising "played a very significant role" in his winning the Chairmanship. http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2006-01-19-cerb...

Together, those three factoids explain a whole lot about how a vulture hedge fund ended up running a military hospital. They've used their billions to buy up the Repukes & keep the contracts flowing. When we find out how IAP ended up w/this contract, IMO we'll find a flow of Cerberus dirty money going to top Army officials & Republican committee members.
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ProudDad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 06:40 PM
Response to Reply #38
123. Actually that F*CK ray-gun started it here
in California.

He single-handedly created the homeless problem when he emptied out the State's Mental Facilities, promising community clinics to handle the problem and then didn't fund the clinics.

He began the destruction of the finest higher education system in the country by instituting student fees when before him a higher education was tuition free for Californians and guaranteed to the top 10% of graduating seniors.

Then that waste of skin went on to enact his evil at the Federal Level.

Too bad Hinkley's bullet bounced off of his cold, cold, evil heart!
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Nikki Stone1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-02-07 11:07 PM
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44. Privatization was one of the main reasons the military HATED Rumsfeld
...
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cosmicdot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-02-07 11:26 PM
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47. Dan Quayle sits on IAP's Board of Directors
He's has been on the Pentagon Defense Policy Board ... but,
I doubt if he tears himself away from the Scottsdale, AZ, golf courses.



Board of Directors

Dave Myers
Chairman of the Board
30 years experience at Fluor, Raytheon Engineers & Constructors and Washington Group International; U.S. Naval Academy.

Al Neffgen
Chief Executive Officer
30 years government experience, including C.O.O. of KBR Government & Infrastructure, Americas Region and CEO and President of J.A. Jones, Inc.

David W. Swindle
President
27 years program management experience and internationally recognized expert on nuclear safeguards and treaty verification.

Doyle McBride
Vice Chairman
20 years as Army logistician; Major from U.S. Army; Founder of IAP Worldwide Services.

Dan Quayle
Director
Former Vice President of the United States of America.

General Michael PC Carns
Director
Former Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force.

Michael Williams
Director
Chairman of NETCO Government Services, Inc., President & General Manager/Senior Vice President of Lockheed Martin/Martin Marietta; 20 years at General Electric.

W. Brett Ingersoll
Managing Director
Cerberus Capital Management, L.P.

George K. Kollitides II
Director
Senior Vice President, Cerberus Capital Management, L.P.

General George A. Joulwan
Director
Former Commander in Chief, United States European Command (CINCEUR) and NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR).

Jeff Fenton
Director
Chairman of Bluelinx Corporation; CEO of Devonshire Advisors LLC; Senior member Cerberus operations' team. CEO of Maxim Crane Works, 20 years at General Electric.

Gen. Michael W. Hagee
Director and Special Advisor to the Chairman, CEO and President

http://www.iapws.com/who/leadership_board.aspx


May 2004 Cerberus Capital Management, L.C., a New York-based private investment group, becomes majority owner of IAP Worldwide Services, Inc

March 2005 IAP acquires Johnson Controls World Services, an international leader in facility management operations, contingency support, and technical services, and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Readiness Management Support. The acquisition significantly diversifies IAPs business mix and customer base.

March 2006 IAP acquires G3 Systems Ltd, a British company that provides logistics, contingency, engineering, project and facility management services in the United Kingdom, Europe and the Middle East.

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133724 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-02-07 11:37 PM
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49. Is it open season on halliburton employees ????
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Erika Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-02-07 11:53 PM
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52. Halliburton ran Walter Reed?
Mold and rat infestations, and you blame employees.

I hope Gates has the guts to see this through.
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JPZenger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-04-07 10:48 PM
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166. Company is a competitor of Halliburton, officially
This company is officially a competitor of Halliburton, that is run by some senior execs from a Halliburton subsidiary. It was set up partially because the Army felt they needed to reduce the no bid monopolistic contracts to Halliburton.
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nam78_two Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-02-07 11:37 PM
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50. K&R.nt
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Erika Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-02-07 11:58 PM
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53. We've got to get this info out
Use all your forums.
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orleans Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 12:25 AM
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54. k&r. oh my god! n/t
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Shallah Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 01:11 AM
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55. "THEY COULDN'T DELIVER ICE...NOW THEY ARE IN CHARGE OF SUPPORT SERVICES AT WALTER REED"
http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicsasusual/2007/03/they_c...

Chairman Henry Waxman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee sent a letter to Major General George Weightman, former Walter Reed Army Medical Center commander asking about a memorandum the committee has uncovered.

"This memorandum, which we understand was written in September 2006, describes how the Army's decision to PRIVATIZE SUPPORT SERVICES AT WALTER REED MEDICAL CENTER was causing an EXODUS OF HIGHLY SKILLED AND EXPERIENCED PERSONNEL." As a result according to the memorandum , WRAMC BASE OPERATIONS AND PATIENT CARE SERVICES ARE AT RISK OF MISSION FAILURE."

Waxman says "We have learned that in January 2006 WALTER REED awarded a FIVE-YEAR, $120 MILLION contract to a company called IAP WORLDWIDE SERVICES...IAP IS BEST KNOWN FOR THE PROBLEMS IT ENCOUNTERED DELIVERING ICE during the response to Hurricane Katrina. The COMPANY IS LED BY AL NEFFGEN, a FORMER HALLIBURTON OFFICIAL..."

The full text of the letter follows:


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Marie26 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-04-07 04:11 AM
Response to Reply #55
142. And the ice contract was renewed after Katrina!
:grr:
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Maraya1969 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 01:12 AM
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56. They are a black hole of despicable behavior. I don't know how they
live in their own skin. I really don't.
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SammyWinstonJack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 02:45 PM
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96. MONEY trumps all! And Power and Greed!
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Hekate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 01:33 AM
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57. Every time I think these thieving scum can shock me no longer, they do
This is sick, sick, sick. Halliburton again? The lot of them -- Bush Cheney Rove and everyone else connected with Halliburton -- should rot in the bowels of Hell. Or howzabout be tossed into the general prison population of Attica or Corcoran.

Hekate :argh:

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Erika Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 02:46 AM
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59. That's W and his enablers
Yes, it is sickening.
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oasis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 01:38 AM
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58. k&r
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AzDar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 03:21 AM
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60. Kick n/t
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cui bono Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 04:35 AM
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61. Privatization is bad, mmmkay?
Surprised to see the link is from armytimes.com.

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bklyncowgirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 06:38 AM
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63. Army Times has been doing good work on this issue--guess they're pissed. nt
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bananarepublican Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 06:45 AM
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64. Halliburton should be barred and purged from all current and future government business! n/t
Edited on Sat Mar-03-07 06:47 AM by bananarepublican
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MasonJar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 08:08 AM
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66. LTTEs must start today in mass. If the press won't cover it, let's do it
Edited on Sat Mar-03-07 08:09 AM by MasonJar
for them. When Waxman's supoenea gets the general in front of the committee, the media will almost have to write about it. Let's not forget to thank the actual/real newmen/women at the WP for exposing this at such a good time. No one believes the cabal anymore...just one more log on the conflagration.
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Larry Ogg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 08:20 AM
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67. What constitutional power do Army officials have
to deny there personnel from talking too or testifying too any of the three branches of government?
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Ikonoklast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 08:24 AM
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68. Thieving, lying, traitors
Money trumps all.


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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 08:27 AM
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69. privatization is happening in many governmental institutions.
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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 08:27 AM
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70. republicon crony crooks - stealing from the public, abusing our veterans
Edited on Sat Mar-03-07 08:27 AM by SpiralHawk
Why do the republicons hate our honorable veterans?
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Rosa Luxemburg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 02:55 PM
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98. it's that the Republicans love money
naturally greedy and nothing will stand in their way, not even the veterans.
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formercia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 08:51 AM
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71. Sue the rat bastards
for every wrongful death and neglected injury or care. Break those mother fuckers once and for all.
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Fuzz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 09:06 AM
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72. And the right says, "See what government health care will get you?"
Edited on Sat Mar-03-07 09:07 AM by Fuzz
and it wasn't now, was it?

Criminal bastards. And at the expense of the troops they purport to care about.
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mainer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 09:08 AM
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74. Help me here -- doesn't Congress supersede Army authority?
If Waxman wants Weightman to testify, how dare the Army forbid him to comply?
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Cooley Hurd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 09:14 AM
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75. A little more than a year ago, the GAO declined to hear a protest...
...filed on behalf of the Walter Reed staff in regards to competitive sourcing:

http://www.govexec.com/story_page.cfm?articleid=33462&r...

GAO declines to hear protest of Walter Reed competitive sourcing decision
By Jenny Mandel
jmandel@govexec.com

The Government Accountability Office earlier this week dismissed a protest filed on behalf of employees at the Army's Walter Reed Medical Center, ruling that the employee group had no standing to challenge the outcome of a public-private job competition initiated prior to January 2005.


GAO's decision, announced on Wednesday, concluded that Alan King, Walter Reed's deputy garrison commander, was not an "interested party" with standing to pursue the protest on behalf of the federal employee group bidding in the competition.


The dismissal means that GAO will not consider King's challenge of a contest for base operations support services at Walter Reed. The competition began in January 2000. The in-house employee team won in September 2004, but the award was the subject of numerous appeals and a round of revisions leading to an award to Cape Canaveral, Fla.-based IAP Worldwide Services last month.


King's protest, filed on behalf of the employee group that bid to perform the work as a "most efficient organization," claimed that he had standing to represent the group before GAO as the "functional and legal equivalent" of an agency tender official. The ATO is authorized to represent federal employees in internal agency appeals under 2003 revisions to Office of Management and Budget Circular A-76 rules governing public-private competitions.
</snip>

More at link
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donkeyotay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 12:49 PM
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89. Good find. Seems wanked to me. Maybe the 109th Do-Nothing Congress was doing something.
The Government Accountability Office earlier this week dismissed a protest filed on behalf of employees at the Army's Walter Reed Medical Center, ruling that the employee group had no standing to challenge the outcome of a public-private job competition initiated prior to January 2005.


GAO's decision, announced on Wednesday, concluded that Alan King, Walter Reed's deputy garrison commander, was not an "interested party" with standing to pursue the protest on behalf of the federal employee group bidding in the competition.




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progressoid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 10:56 AM
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79. Looks like it's time to give somebody a medal of freedom
How about Donny Rumsfeld maybe?
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NastyDiaper Donating Member (806 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 11:00 AM
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80. MP Duty at Walter Reed?
Would have been a good tour. Time with kids and wife in an Urban environment. Career Military Personnel Deserve such assignments.

But No. The Deputization. The Privatization. The Profitization (sing it Jessie).

Of the military is almost complete under Dick Cheney. The only thing left now for career military is 20 years of getting shot at.

Actually 20 years plus the combat extension. Vietnam short timers went home.

Harry Reid is right. From a policy standpoint Iraq is a much bigger mistake than Vietnam.

Because we are have a Debt funded, Volunteer military, nobody gives a shit.
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WillyT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 11:02 AM
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82. Whoa... K & R !!!
:kick: :mad: :kick:
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donkeyotay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 11:18 AM
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83. So, the rats, mold and cockroaches go right to the top?
Just like the Army Times said about the bad apples? This whole thread is political dynamite. Course, we all know that it's hard to imagine at this point what it will take to show the GOP faithful that their party is a crime family.

“The conditions that have been described at Walter Reed are disgraceful,” the letter states. “Part of our mission on the Oversight Committee is to investigate what led to the breakdown in services. It would be reprehensible if the deplorable conditions were caused or aggravated by an ideological commitment to privatize government services regardless of the costs to taxpayers and the consequences for wounded soldiers.”

K&R.




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B Calm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 11:22 AM
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84. The republicans screw everything up..
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robinlynne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 12:39 PM
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87. why am I not surprised?
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 12:41 PM
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88. So Congress has no oversight of the Army??? Excuse me???
Drag his ass in chains up the steps of congress and duct tape his ass to a chair.
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Uncle Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 01:12 PM
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91. What a total disgrace!
:grr:
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Faux pas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 01:57 PM
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92. The whole flippin' government is being 'outsourced, read this:
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SammyWinstonJack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 02:37 PM
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94. bu$hco doesn't support the Troops, it supports Halliburton, which in turn, screws over the Troops.
And for pure profit. Profits trump Troops' saftey, well being and medical care.

Nice, eh FReeps.

But hey, keep purchasing those yellow ribbons for your cars! :eyes:

Does Halliburton make those as well?
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muntrv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 02:53 PM
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97. Helliburton should be classified as an organized crime and punished
under the RICO statute.
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ShortnFiery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 03:27 PM
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102. Yes, liquidate all their assets and put it into an account for the Wounded Veterans and AD Military
Edited on Sat Mar-03-07 03:29 PM by ShortnFiery
(and Family) Health Care, i.e., don't discriminate between Active Guard/Reservist and Active Duty Military within the health care system and extend this service to Dependent Family Members while their Guard/Reserve Service member is on AD and deployed to the M.E.

Problem well on the way to being solved - given good managment and periodic oversight. :applause:
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SammyWinstonJack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 03:38 PM
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105. So should the bush administration be also. Impeachment isn't enough!
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Marie26 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-04-07 05:06 AM
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145. This whole Administration should be. nt
Edited on Sun Mar-04-07 05:06 AM by Marie26
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BootinUp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 02:56 PM
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99. A systematic destruction of government services....thats
Edited on Sat Mar-03-07 02:57 PM by Jim4Wes
what we are watching....
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appleannie1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 03:20 PM
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100. Follow the Dots.
As noted before, Dan Quayle is on the Board of Directors at AIP

Two others on that board are W. Brett Ingersoll and

George K. Kollitides II If you click on their names it will list their pryor experience. Both ran Cerberus Capital Management LP

What is Cerberus?

Cerberus Capital Management LP is a large privately owned hedge fund. The firm is based in New York, N.Y., and run by 45-year-old financier Steve Feinberg. Former Vice President Dan Quayle has been a prominent Cerberus spokesperson and runs one of its international units.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cerberus_Capital_Managemen...

So if you follow the money making net back, it not only points to Cheney, it also points the the Bush doorstep through friends and associates. A tightly knit group that are only interested in making money.
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 03:22 PM
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101. This is not just WRMC
folks this is ongoing at all medical faciltiies

Any non combat mission MOS is being privatized... that means Dietitians, that means phlebotomists, that means in some cases, doctors
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Mme. Defarge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 03:30 PM
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103. Depraved Indifference to Human Life!
Murder 2 charges for all involved perpetrating this crime?
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mnhtnbb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 03:36 PM
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104. Raiding the cookie jar of gov't services for private benefit. Typical of the Bushies
There should be a special place in hell reserved for Mr. "support the troops"
Bushie boy.
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sellitman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 03:49 PM
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107. This is a "Feel Good" story!!!!!!!!
If you have lots of Halliburton stock and you are a DICK.
:sarcasm:
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Truthseeker013 Donating Member (93 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 04:00 PM
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109. Walter Reed was privatized by halliburton subsidiary
Just when I thought I couldn't be floored by anything else...I've gotta go spread this one around.
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wryter2000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 04:10 PM
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111. Holy...Fucking...Shit
I shouldn't be surprised. In fact, I'd be surprised if this hadn't happened.

Cheney needs to go to jail. Don't even bother impeaching him. Just lock him up. The jail doctors will give his ailing heart a lot of TLC.
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Botany Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 04:59 PM
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115. Oh for the love of God
Screw the military .... screw the mission ...
can Dick Cheney make a buck off of it.
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Anywho6 Donating Member (458 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 05:03 PM
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116. Freakin' hypocrites! I hate those Bushits with an undying passion n/t
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sofa king Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 05:05 PM
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117. A-76 comes home to roost.
I remember reading peoples' rants back in 2002, saying the President's "competitive outsourcing" was really just a way to force out experienced federal workers and divert money into private pockets.

Well, here are the results. Color me unsurprised.
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melody Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 05:27 PM
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118. Dick Cheney's place in hell just got a bit hotter n/t
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Joanne98 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 05:29 PM
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119. Why is the Pentagon blocking testimony?
I wonder how many Bush bots working there, are shareholders too. Waxman needs an investigation on who in the pentagon thinks they are working for the Bush and Cheney families, instead of the country. I wonder what else has been privatized?
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Janice325 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 06:19 PM
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121. I just dropped by DU to play 'catch up."
WTF???
After reading this thread, I'm speechless, furious and incredibly saddened.
Unfortunately, I'm not surprised by all of this outsourcing.
When will all this insanity stop???
Gotta go cry now. :cry:
k&r
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ProudDad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 06:46 PM
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124. EVERY GOD DAMN one of them
is a middle-aged white boy.

Geez...why am I not suprised.

They belong in a jail cell, every f*ckin one of them...
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 07:13 PM
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125. Another privatization catastrophe.
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milkyway Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 07:16 PM
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127. Your subject line is wrong. IAP is not a Halliburton subsidiary, at least
according to the Army Times article you link to. There is also no mention of Halliburton on IAP's web page on company heritage.
http://www.iapws.com/who/heritage.aspx

The Army Times says that IAP is run by a former Halliburton official. It doesn't mention anything about IAP being a Halliburton subsidiary.

Needless to say, this is still a very important story, illustrating the rightwing's desire to destroy the federal government by privatizing it; this time it's the troops getting screwed for profit.
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milkyway Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 07:26 PM
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130. Looking further, IAP is run by John Snow and is actually going after Halliburton contracts.
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Emit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-04-07 02:33 AM
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136. Yes, I caught that too. Also, Dan Quayle is on the Board of Dirs at IAP
http://www.iapws.com/who/leadership_board.aspx

I didn't notice Snow's name in the "Leadership" or "Board" links at their website, but this is an interesting explanation:

Mr. Snow's Cerberus Capital Management LP owns Cape Canaveral, Fla.-based IAP, which is led by former executives from Halliburton's engineering, services and construction subsidiary KBR (formerly Kellogg, Brown & Root). KBR is currently the Army's sole contractor for providing food and shelter to the military in Iraq and Afghanistan. But the Army now wants multiple contractors for these services and KBR is bidding again. Some defense analysts are predicting both KBR and IAP, which is run by former KBR executives, will each win one of the 10-year deals that start in 2007.
http://www.politicalfriendster.com/rateConnection.php?i...
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samplegirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 07:20 PM
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128. Very secretive
with no need for any approval whatsoever! Scary!!!
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upi402 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 07:20 PM
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129. corporate media silent
yet again. not much but boobs, blonds, and brainless banter.
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TankLV Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 08:40 PM
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132. Is there ANYTHING that Cheney and the REPUKES haven't destroyed?
I mean, how much more has to be learned before we PUNISH these guys and FORBID them from ever having government contracts again?

WHAT ARE OUR DEMOCRATS WAITING FOR?!!?!

Don't our current crop of "leaders" know that that's how Harry Truman got a name for himself? - investigating repuke government corruption.
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disndat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-03-07 10:57 PM
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133. Halliburton, Kellogg, Brown and Root,
IAP, Carlyle Group, a.k.a. the "Military Industrial Complex" now owns the U.S., as Eisenhower warned What mystifies me is why some good liberals Democrats like Pelosi, Reid, etc. advise us against impeachment. Their reasoning is that it would make a big mess which, presumably, would be counter productive. It looks to me like, right now, the inmates (Bush, Cheney) are running the asylum (U.S.). This is getting more and more untenable.
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Shoelace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-04-07 02:16 AM
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135. absolutely dissolved in tears and rage. TIME TO END THEIR RULE!
MY GOD, WE'VE GOT TO STOP THEM NOW. UNSPEAKABLE HORROR AT WHAT THEY'VE DONE IN IRAQ AND HERE TOO.

TIME TO GET RID OF BUSH, CHENEY, HALLIBURTON,KBR, BECHTEL, ALL OF THEM...........ALL OF THEM!!!

(SA :mad: :puke: :spank:


:nuke:
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DarkTirade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-04-07 02:38 AM
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137. This is yet another example
of a situation that would be hilarious, if it wasn't so tragic.
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me b zola Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-04-07 02:43 AM
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138. .
:mad:
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lutefisk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-04-07 02:44 AM
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139. OK, this disgusting story choked me up. The bastards. ...n/t
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w8liftinglady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-04-07 06:39 AM
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147. next week-after more details come out,we must all write our papers
with a scathing letter delineating the evil these individuals have created.I'll post mine Tues or Wed
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Zambero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-04-07 10:01 AM
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149. The 500% downsizing under Bush wasn't good enough for the Hallicronies
So they kicked it up another 100%. Did they proceed to print up signs to post for the remaining 50 maintenance employees: "The beatings will stop when morale improves!"???

It shouldn't come as too much of a surprise that privitization of government services encourages contractors to cut corners in order to to ensure a larger profit margin. It is also no surprise that this administration puts more emphasis on padding the pockets of its political cronies than it does on guaranteeing adequate care and living quarters for injured and disabled military personnel. The total lack of oversight and accountability is deplorable. Bushco is now marching straight up the chain to sack those who were implementing its own policies. Of course it'll stop well short of implicating itself as long as their are a few underlings who'll be prodded into falling on their own swords.
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GoldenOldie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-04-07 11:28 AM
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150. The actual contract should be reviewed for requirements and compliance
The housekeeping and maintenance contracts are supposed to pin-point every requirement needed to maintain and sustain a healthy, sanitary, safe environment within each and every section and area of a medical command. The medical command on any military post is also responsible and has always had one or more medical officers assigned to oversee sanitary and safety conditions of all mess halls, billets, etc.

This privatization contract should contain requirements for Military Medical and also the Joint Accreditation Association of Hospitals (JCAH). These contracts should be extremely detailed and closely monitored by the assigned Federal Contracting Officer ...... who was/is responsible for Walter Reed Army Medical Center outsourcing contracts???

I would dare to wager that costs to outsource in-house functions of Walter Reed have more than doubled and that is even considering that manpower was so drastically reduced.

Halliburton/KBR or whatever name they have chosen for this fiasco have proven they were/are unwilling/incapable of expending any of our money on the troops be it in the field or in recuperation.
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salitine Donating Member (49 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-04-07 12:09 PM
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151. Fu*king kill the monsters. Kill them all. It's not beautiful to be raped by predators.
Edited on Sun Mar-04-07 12:13 PM by salitine
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You're the next victim unless you can kill them before they "preemptive strike against american-born-citizen-insurgents" you to death. Who's going to protect you? The government? The police who blindly obey them? The army that fights without a clear objective, just go in and kill is the orders they obey. Your family's gonna die if they try to protect you. This goes beyond mere backroom backstabbery, this is an outright assault on the american people by it's government.

Tell no one that you're gonna protect yourself, and get several guns. Anyone know where to get some cheap? And a good gang leader for protection?

At least wolves would only eat you.
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salitine Donating Member (49 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-04-07 01:23 PM
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152. OK, paranoia aside, what can we do?
Organize a United Corporate American class-action suit against Halliburton and all of it's subsidiaries? I suppose that's possible, and it would minimize on the amount of people that would die. At the least, freeze all their american assets until litigation occurs. Everyone would have to be behind it, though. As in, most of america.
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Up2Late Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-04-07 01:42 PM
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153. I tried to watch a little CNN last night ("News Watch" or something like that) and...
...they showed a little about this. I don't think they mentioned Halliburton, but they did say that things all started going down hill when the Announcement to CLOSE Walter Reed by 2011 (I think that the planned year), which triggered a lot of older Doctors to opt for Retirement and Younger Doctors to look elsewhere for longer term jobs.

They also said the "cost-cutting" plan was to go from about 300 Health-care Professionals (Doctors?) to just over 60!!!

That right, achieve COST SAVINGS in the middle of a WAR by

CUTTING MEDICAL PERSONNEL at the #1 ARMY HOSPITAL from

300 down to about 60!!!!

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polmaven Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-04-07 02:43 PM
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156. Yeah, but...but...but...
How we gonna keep all them tax cuts we got in the middle of war time if'n we dont scimp on the medical care to the silly soldiers who weren't payin' enough attention and got hurt?


Besides....they've been so very busy takin such good ared of us all they just haven't had the time to explain how this is really all Bill Clinton's fault.....um, ...um...MONICAAAAAAA!!!!!
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StefanX Donating Member (801 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-04-07 02:54 PM
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157. Fucking war profiteers
Cheney and his friends are getting rich by killing American soldiers.

Remember how the Republicans love coming up with catchy phrases like "death tax" and "partial-birth abortion" or whatever.

Well, here's a catchy phrase the Dems could try using once in a while:

WAR PROFITEERS

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The Cleaner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-04-07 02:54 PM
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158. Kicked - and recommended if I could! ("can't recommend a thread after 24 hrs)
:kick:

WOW
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salitine Donating Member (49 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-04-07 03:35 PM
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159. Here's an idea. Ban the uninsured from service.
If they're not gonna treat our soldiers, then total coverage health-insurance coverage should be mandatory if we're gonna let you in the army. No health insurance, no serving in the military. Seriously, if you don't have health insurance, you can't serve. It's too risky to let americans serve in the army without insurance. So, all of you without health coverage, get out of the military. You're the weight stone on the necks of america. It costs too much to patch you up after you get tore up by bullets. Leave the military. Now.
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Carni Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-04-07 03:51 PM
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160. I predicted this right here at DU!
I KNEW IT! These a-holes are SO predictable!
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Canuckistanian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-04-07 09:39 PM
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165. Can we investigate Halliburton NOW?
And not just Halliburton, but it's subsidiaries, and ALL companies run by current and former Hallibuton executives?

Or would that "dampen some powder"?
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flamin lib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-05-07 12:11 AM
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167. ..
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oasis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-05-07 12:35 AM
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168. kick
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w8liftinglady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-05-07 12:37 AM
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169. Absolutely-keep this kicked until tomorrow...
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WhaTHellsgoingonhere Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-05-07 01:31 PM
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170. WRH = FEMA; "Support The Troops" is a bumper sticker slogan
NYT's PAUL KRUGMAN

...Yet even now its not clear whether the public will be told the full story, which is that the horrors of Walter Reeds outpatient unit are no aberration. For all its cries of support the troops, the Bush administration has treated veterans medical care the same way it treats everything else: nickel-and-diming the needy, protecting the incompetent and privatizing everything it can.

What makes this a particular shame is that in the Clinton years, veterans health care like the Federal Emergency Management Agency became a shining example of how good leadership can revitalize a troubled government program. By the early years of this decade the Veterans Health Administration was, by many measures, providing the highest-quality health care in America. (It probably still is: Walter Reed is a military facility, not run by the V.H.A.)

But as with FEMA, the Bush administration has done all it can to undermine that achievement. And the Walter Reed scandal is another Hurricane Katrina: the moment when the administrations misgovernment became obvious to everyone.

...To save money, the administration has been charging veterans for many formerly free services. For example, in 2005 Salon reported that some Walter Reed patients were forced to pay hundreds of dollars each month for their meals.

More important, the administration has broken longstanding promises of lifetime health care to those who defend our nation. Two months before the invasion of Iraq the V.H.A., which previously offered care to all veterans, introduced severe new restrictions on who is entitled to enroll in its health care system. As the agencys Web site helpfully explains, veterans whose income exceeds as little as $27,790 a year, and who lack special eligibilities such as a compensable service connected condition or recent combat service, will be turned away.

So when you hear stories of veterans who spend months or years fighting to get the care they deserve, trying to prove that their injuries are service-related, remember this: all this red tape was created not by the inherent inefficiency of government bureaucracy, but by the Bush administrations penny-pinching.

...We know from Hurricane Katrina postmortems that one of the factors degrading FEMAs effectiveness was the Bush administrations relentless push to outsource and privatize disaster management, which demoralized government employees and drove away many of the agencys most experienced professionals. It appears that the same thing has been happening to veterans care.

The redoubtable Henry Waxman, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, points out that IAP Worldwide Services, a company run by two former Halliburton executives, received a large contract to run Walter Reed under suspicious circumstances: the Army reversed the results of an audit concluding that government employees could do the job more cheaply.

And Mr. Waxman, who will be holding a hearing on the issue today, appears to have solid evidence, including an internal Walter Reed memo from last year, that the prospect of privatization led to a FEMA-type exodus of skilled personnel.


http://select.nytimes.com/2007/03/05/opinion/05krugman....
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171. This Screw the VA moment
brought to you by Bush and Administration....
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