Sunday, February 4, 2007

The Fourth Branch---Contractors

The Movie Site

Iraq for Sale? The United States is for Sale...

Following on the heels of our very successful screening of the movie "Iraq for Sale" (179 participated) comes a series in the NY Times about government contractors. Tax dollars being paid to private business to do government work has almost doubled during the reign of Dubya from $207 billion a year in 2,000 to $400 billion last year. If you attended the movie you'll recall CACI International, the private company that oversaw and directed the torture of prisoners at Abu Ghraib. CACI has now been hired to help process cases of incompetence and fraud by federal contractors, at $104.00 an hour per supplied employee.

The Absurdity Continues!!!

What happened to the call for accountability?

Our own Senator Webb has taken up the cause...


5 comments:

TAW said...

$2.9 trillion. $700 billion for defense + Iraq + Afghanistan. 5% increase in federal spending. This is an abomination. We as a country seem weaker today than 6 years ago on all fronts including economic and foreign policy. I often wonder if Republicans felt about FDR the way I feel about President Bush sometimes. I am still waiting for him to propose some policy or take some action that is actually a surprise to me. Instead it seems as though I am seeing one bad decision after another play out before my eyes. I'm not sure the country can make it through another two years of this unless the Democratic Congress takes a stand to cut spending not only on the war but in other areas too.

BMH said...

I just read two numbers in the paper that speak louder than a 200 word essay. The President just asked for 70 BILLION dollars in cuts for Medicare and Social Security. The President just asked for 170 BILLION dollars FOR the Iraq war for JUST NEXT YEAR. Folks, it's more than just "guns or butter." Just think about it....

We're talking about a radical ideology that says it's OK to bankrupt our nation for the sake of preemptive war! War-making is the primary result of our no-nothing-about-foreign policy president! Molly Ivins summed it up pretty well in 2004 in an NPR interview when she said "He knows nothing about foreign policy so he signed up his buddy Dick Cheney's favorite neo-cons to run the show." They don't even think we're in a mess! As Cheney himself said, they think that we've had "enormous successes" in Iraq and that "significant progress has been made." The neo-cons say that we're in an "existential conflict" that will last for generations! Even now, in spite of the November elections, status as a lame-duck minority party leader, and stark reality our President and his advisers are laying the groundwork for WAR IN IRAN! Hey folks we're so good at this watch us do it again! They are cooking the intelligence, rattling sabers, spouting rhetoric that is not even as believable as was the run-up to Iraq. IMPEACH BUSH! This is a crime!

Barry said...

After Many Denials, Army Confirms Blackwater Contract
in Iraq


Wow! Was your showing of the movie “Iraq for Sale” a timely and relevant event!

Thank you RCDC,

Karl M. said...

Why do we as a country continue to blindly support the right wing in what is a downward spiral to ruin?
It's not like we haven't been given choices in our candidates.
We as a people just keep choosing the wrong ones........

Steve Smith said...

I can remember when the country was upset over hammers and toilet seats that cost too much money.
Now we as a people have a "duty of faith as Christians" to approve of or deny any and all of the wasteful spending that is taking place in the alleged name of national security.
I am ready for change...
Until last year I had never considered voting for a democrat, but in 2006 I did. And I feel better because I did. This is the party that is looking out for the regular people. The working for a living people. It just took a while for me to figure that out.
I'm worried more about my job and my wife and kids than I am about my boss's investment portfolio.
I know how I'm voting this year.