Monday, May 08, 2006

Another Step Towards Fascism

Hud Secretary's blunt warning

Brad found this article in the Dallas Business Journal and its actually quite disturbing. I urge all of you to go and read the article and spread it on your blogs or through email (to your Senators and Representatives specifically) because its a fine example of how the current administration is steeped in cronyism and is on the fast track to making this a fascist nation.

In brief, Alphonso Jackson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), was relating an anecdote at a Dallas Housing Authority forum.

"He had made every effort to get a contract with HUD for 10 years," Jackson said of the prospective contractor. "He made a heck of a proposal and was on the (General Services Administration) list, so we selected him. He came to see me and thank me for selecting him. Then he said something ... he said, 'I have a problem with your president.'

"I said, 'What do you mean?' He said, 'I don't like President Bush.' I thought to myself, 'Brother, you have a disconnect -- the president is elected, I was selected. You wouldn't be getting the contract unless I was sitting here. If you have a problem with the president, don't tell the secretary.'

"He didn't get the contract," Jackson continued. "Why should I reward someone who doesn't like the president, so they can use funds to try to campaign against the president? Logic says they don't get the contract. That's the way I believe."

This is utter bullshit. To deny someone a contract simply based on their political views is wrong. The contractor who told Jackson his views was exercising his right to speak freely about the president and should not have been denied a contract for doing such.

Why is this so wrong? Imagine a country where the National Institutes of Health, The National Endowment for the Humanities, The National Science Foundation, The Environmental Protection Agency, The Center for Disease Control, The Federal Bureau of Investigation, The Central Intelligence Agency etc. so forth and so on only granted money to, protected, and hired people who not only implicitly supported the president but also refused to deal with anyone that outwardly spoke against the president? That is totalitarianism, not democracy. These agencies exist to extend opportunity to those who are in need and to protect the citizenry. They do not exist to reward only those who are loyal to the president and penalize those who disagree with him.


Blogger Kalvin said...

I'm confused why the guy would say this anyway, and then why would the other guy admit it. I guess I need to read the whole article. It does suck though.

6:02 PM  
Blogger Hypoxic said...

I'll steal your post and put it on my blog. You nailed it perfectly. Thanks!

6:50 PM  
Blogger DanNation said...

When i see these stories, I first think I'm reading "The Onion." Then, I realize that it's real.

I'm sure this happens all the time.

7:23 PM  
Blogger tornwordo said...

It's already a fascist state, country, and possible world that we live in. How else to explain that we could reduce 80% of the oil needed to run the vehicles in the country by switching to ethanol. The only explanation is that the oil companies won't let us.

Did you know that reindeer meat is outlawed in the lower 48 states. That's a special law lobbied by the cattle industry to prevent the Inuit eskimos from having a market for their products. Charming, eh? We can't eat reindeer meat, because cattlemen want to protect profits.

Still feel like a free country?

6:49 AM  
Blogger Homer said...

I'm so sick of Republicans. They never play fair.

1:24 PM  
Blogger Daniel, the Guy in the Desert said...

Hi Adam, I looked at your profile, and you are right up my alley. Oops, was that a pun? I have been writing about fascism in this country, and trying to raise awareness. Thanks for your post. I would like to link to you.

3:48 PM  
Anonymous sam said...

that IS a shame. i would kill for a juicy reindeer burger right about now. seriously though, i lean towards the more george carlinesque position every day.

6:04 PM  
Blogger VJnet said...

Adam, You hit the nail on the head.

2:12 AM  
Blogger Jihadist Jerry said...

Heya Tornwordo, it is no Oil Companies that won't let you switch to Ethanol, yes! It is YOU that won't switch to ethanol. YOU still live in democracy, right? YOU still have choice, right? It only take a small whisper to start a roar, yes!! How can this article surprise anyone, Haliburton has been suck many politician cock for years!! I wish you all many camel kisses.

9:30 AM  
Blogger Seeker Onos said...

Counterpoint to Mr. Jihadist Jerry:

I'd love to switch to ethanol or E85.

Thing is, there is a very limited supply of it, and the distribution network of petrol stations that provide it.

And that doesn't even touch on the lack of flex-fuel vehicles in this country.

Simply put, there is very little market for something when that market is forcibly suppressed by an oligopolist concern of a few extremely rich companies (automakers, oil suppliers, rigged voting machines, and evil dictatorial governments).

Voice of democracy? My brothers, it may already be too late to speak, if the system shuts us out to begin with.

9:38 PM  
Blogger Psyton said...

I'm not sure what job you work for, but I'm pretty sure that if you brought up personal-politics in a bitchy manner in the interview, the interviewer would pidgeonhole your ass too. Upon being selected for a contract you say "Thank you, I'm sure I'll do a wonderful job!" Not "Thanks, but I really hate your boss!" Maybe Jackson didn't phrase it properly... but I kind of agree with the sentiment of "what to make me think you'll do a good job for an administration that you hate so much?". I mean, I can understand how being essentially fired over your personal politics is unnerving and Jackson was obviously being a douche... but I think that the contractor was being equally douchey by bringing it up... and if he didn't feel the need to go "I hate your boss" at a critical point in the contract-getting process, he would have had the contract.

Also, Ethanol being forced into everyones gas is part of why there is an gasoline price-hike to begin with.

Ethanol is lower density (less energy... cars running on E85 get worse mileage) and Ethanol doesn't magically get created. It has to be cooked out of corn, switchgrass, and whatever and that takes energy (in fact, you use just as much oil-worth of energy to make the same BTU's in ethanol)... which brings me to my next point...

Something like 70% of all the oil in the states goes to power-plants and industry (who here likes plastic? who here LOVES LATEX!?). More flex-fuel cars (considering there are entire fleets of domestics that have had flex-fuel technology since the mid-90's) isn't gonna begin to solve any dependance on oil. And anything we don't use, China and India are going to nab for fueling their massive growing economies. If you wanna see your own dependance on oil lessen, start asking for hybrids, motorcycles, or *gasp* carpool and walk to work.

Consequently, Deisels were making better mileage than hybrids since about 1975... but nobody got them because they were loud and smelly. Now only a thimblefull of offerings are available in the states... and if you live in California you can only find a used one because there was never much incentive to clean the deisels up to Cali's standards because deisels were such a tiny market. Deisels are the perfect choice for americans who love their 30-mile highway commutes and high-speed road trips... ironically, Europe has all the neat deisels, and the US is snatching up hybrids like candy.

I'm just upset that people keep tossing around these buzzwords like E85 and hybrid like some sort of panacea... and I get more upset when those same people are rantfully ignorant that the current administration wasn't already trying to foster their increased use (federal E85 mandates... hybrid tax-credits being good examples).

7:54 AM  

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