Tuesday, May 09, 2006


Bush's HUD Secretary Openly Boasts Of Breaking Federal Contracting Laws

From JLFinch over at DailyKos, we learn that Bush's appointed Secretary of Housing and Urban Development is boasting of how he breaks the law to exact revenge on people who don't like Bush:

HUD secretary's blunt warning Alphonso Jackson says deal was scuttled after contractor admits not liking Bush Dallas Business Journal - May 5, 2006 by Christine Perez Staff Writer .. After discussing the huge strides the agency has made in doing business with minority-owned companies, [HUD Secretary Alphonso] Jackson closed with a cautionary tale, relaying a conversation he had with a prospective advertising contractor. "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."
Mr. Jackson? Have you read your agency's mission statement? It goes like this:
HUD's mission: To increase homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing free from discrimination.
More to the point, do you understand Federal contracting law?
Subpart 3.1 -- Safeguards
3.101 -- Standards of Conduct.
3.101-1 -- General.

Government business shall be conducted in a manner above reproach and, except as authorized by statute or regulation, with complete impartiality and with preferential treatment for none. Transactions relating to the expenditure of public funds require the highest degree of public trust and an impeccable standard of conduct. The general rule is to avoid strictly any conflict of interest or even the appearance of a conflict of interest in Government-contractor relationships. While many Federal laws and regulations place restrictions on the actions of Government personnel, their official conduct must, in addition, be such that they would have no reluctance to make a full public disclosure of their actions.

Sounds like Jackson's boasting of committing malfeasance, doesn't it? Contact the Office of the Inspector General at HUD to report HUD-related malfeasance: 1-800-347-3735 (voice) 1-202-708-4829 (fax) hotline@hudoig.gov (e-mail) HUD OIG Hotline 451 4th Street SW Washington, DC 20410 (physical mail)

yet another lawbreaking republican scumbag. I bet he didn't even know he was committing a crime.

His mindset, as it is of his masters, is one of 'how can I run Govt. for myself?' rather than how it must be:

'how can I run Govt. for the people?'

America doesn't have an Administration, you, the good people of America, have a mix of evangelists/Mafia/ideologues running your country. You didn't vote them in either (Diebold etc.), so you're not even responsible.

These scum are the same people who have corrupted my British Govt. with the support of poodle bliar.

If it means anything you have my sympathy for what has been done to all the good people of America.
"JLFinch" is an interesting screen name. If that's the same person I'm thinking of, he was one of the prime movers of the Dean campaign (good God, has it been three years now?) around here. He was the campaign manager for a state house campaign here and after the "election" of 2004, he left Fairbanks, basically for good (he needed to help his mother with the aftermath of his father's untimely passing in September, 2004).

If he's the same guy, it's good to see that he's got a diary on Kos.
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