Monday, June 25, 2007

Crazy George's national security sale…

...everything must go!

First, Jim Hightower offers a sobering look at the boom in contracting out government jobs...
The shadowy and highly lucrative world of government contracting has boomed under George W, rising 86% since he's been in office and now totaling nearly $400 billion a year. Get this: There are now more people doing federal jobs under corporate contracts than there are people employed directly by the government. In other words, in today's government, corporate servants outnumber civil servants.
Sounds pretty bad, doesn't it? It's worse. A NYT op-ed discloses that...
Today less than half of the staff at the National Counterterrorism Center in Washington are actual government employees, The Los Angeles Times reports; at the C.I.A. station in Islamabad, Pakistan, contractors sometimes outnumber employees by three to one.

…a procurement executive from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence gave a PowerPoint presentation at a conference in Colorado and let slip a staggering statistic — private contracts now account for 70 percent of the intelligence budget.
And no one seems to know how many mercenaries we've hired in Iraq.

Take back America? Sounds like we're going to have to buy back America first.

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