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Scandal of the Day
How to Sell Government
Candide’s Notebooks, March 26, 2007
The diseased rats are jumping the USS George W. Bush so fast a reality channel or twelve should be dedicated entirely to the scandals to keep up. Here’s the latest from The [Washington] Post:
Witnesses have told congressional investigators that the chief of the General Services Administration and a deputy in Karl Rove's political affairs office at the White House joined in a videoconference earlier this year with top GSA political appointees, who discussed ways to help Republican candidates.
For those who don’t necessarily breathe Washington acronyms, the GSA is the Government Service Administration, designed as an independent agency during the Truman administration to be the federal bureaucracy’s basic Man Friday: It manages office space, buys equipment, computers, transportation for federal employees, and in sum helps “federal agencies better serve the public by offering, at best value, superior workplaces, expert solutions, acquisition services and management policies.” Obviously, it’s a treasure trove of contracts for those who know how to play the system: $56 billion worth of contracts annually, to be exact. The GSA has a web site called “How to Sell to Government,” which “offers businesses the opportunity to sell billions of dollars worth of products and services to federal agencies through contract vehicles.” (And you thought socialism didn’t exist in the United States? It’s built into the system like a heart’s pacemaker.) Under Rove and the rest of the Bush clan, it’s been closer to How to Sell Government: ...