Thursday, September 29, 2005

You Can't Make This Stuff Up ...

FEMA recently signed a cushy $236-million, six-month no-bid contract with Carnival Cruise lines to house evacuees on ships. The half-filled ships are now anchored in the Mississippi River and Mobile Bay.

If you do the math on the contract, even if you had the ships filled to capacity with 7,116 evacuees, the price per evacuee works out to about $1,275 a week. Compare that to the price of an actual seven-day western Caribbean cruise out of Galveston, which costs a mere $599 a person (and “that would include entertainment and the cost of actually making the ship move.”)

In related news, hundreds of lobbyists, corporate representatives, and would-be government contractors met yesterday on Capitol Hill to figure out how to get their share of the federal largess. The so-called "Katrina Reconstruction Summit" was hosted by Sen. Mel Martinez (R-FL) and sponsored by -- surprise, surprise -- Halliburton.

-- Center for American Progress, Sept. 28


Anonymous AllyCat said...

Good Morning America this a.m. reported Greece offered free ships and FEMA refused. Senator Coburn (R) was on talking about the fiscal irresponsibility of this move. Of course, it's all Blanco and Nagin's fault, but FEMA is putting up its relief workers in the half-filled ships. People have 24-hour food.

10:25 AM  
Anonymous Arkansas Granny said...

How many Republicans, do you suppose, own stock in the cruise line?

10:26 AM  
Anonymous mod mom said...

But wait, I thought Republicans were the fiscally conservative party?

Surely some democrat must have set them up. SARCASM

10:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Iraq and Katrina profiting Bush-cronie companies such as Haliburton via no-bid contracts looks terrible in the eyes of the public.
We will see the actual results come election time. Goodbye Republic dominance of congress. And good riddance!

1:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I suppose it would have been better to let the usual and customary government bidding process take place. Surely there are hundreds, thousands, or even millions of companies like the Shaw Group, Halliburton, and Bechtel out there. Clearly it would be best for the citizens of NO to sit back and wait for the federal bidding process to run its course, rather than getting people, goods, and services on the ground.

2:48 PM  
Anonymous Rob of Wilmington, Del. said...

Just use that conservative logic, anonymous.

Why follow the rules? I mean, Halliburton has been found guilty by various government units of mismanaging its Iraqi operations. It has been found guilty of overcharging, for charging for services never rendered, etc.

Why wouldn't the U.S. give a no-bid contract to Halliburtion?

And, oh yes, let's make sure to suggest that if Halliburton wasn't given a no-bid contract, the people of New Orleans would -- well, what would happen to them?

Halliburton was given one of a handful of contracts in the days immediately following the disaster. The other contracts wouldn't be affected, right? And the other contractors haven't been found guilty over and over again, right?

Conservative logic is amazing. If Rush Limbaugh says it, it must be true. If Bush does it, it must be right.

3:42 PM  
Anonymous alias: "cutiepie" johnson said...

Conservative should realize that the fact that FEMA was overcharged by Carnival was noted in the Post by aides to Sen. Tom Coburn, Republican of Oklahoma.

4:20 PM  
Blogger don dzikowski said...

Would it be a different story if the MSM published in large letters on the front page the list of government contracts awarded each week for New Orleans, including the rationale behind awarding them and a few bipartison opinions?
It is that important.
Of course, the MSM does not care about protecting our hard-earned tax dollars or scrutinizing whether they are being put to the most effective use. Could you imagine such a report on Fox? Only if the Dems were in power, of course.
We recently heard, only on left-wing media of course, the story of a long-time senior budgeting officer with three MBAs associated with her field demoted merely because she blew the whistle on improper Haliburton contracts for Iraq.
Funny, I never heard a rebuttal from the Republicans on that story. If it's out of sight in the MSM, it's out of mind. So nothing is done and present and future tax dollars are robbed and pilfered.

11:26 AM  
Blogger CSC5502D said...

LOL Haliburton Haliburton Haliburton etc. etc. etc.

Anyone going to say that the large proportion of the contracting is going to the Shaw Group, whose CEO is Chairman of the LOUSYanna Democratic Party and ran Blanco's transition team? Anyone?

Oops, nope cuz that bursts your "it's all Republican cronies" bubble now doesn't it?

BTW, they never should have offered cruise ships at any price to anyone. In a disaster, you should expect some hardship, not a cruise ship.

We're already feeding, housing and clothing all these people for free so they can take their debit cards out and buy jewelry and Louis Vuitton bags. They have cruise like amenities right where they are.

4:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And Bechtel is headed by George Schultz. Funny that JABBS didn't mention that, either, CSC.

Why? Because that's not the point of the story.

4:38 PM  

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