Halliburton Hits It Big (Again)
John Nichols points to a simple truth that drives the Bush administration: “When trouble hits, Halliburton hits it big.” Halliburton is assisted (as if it needs help) by Joe Allbaugh, the former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, who is now a lobbyist and good friend of Michael Brown. Writes Nichols:
Conveniently, Allbaugh showed up in Louisiana on the day before [Vice President] Cheney's visit with the purpose, in the words of a Washington Post report, of "helping his clients get business."
He’s been effective, as this article makes clear:
At least two major corporate clients of lobbyist Joe Allbaugh, President George W Bush’s former campaign manager and a former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, have already been tapped to start recovery work along the battered Gulf Coast.
One is Shaw Group Inc and the other is Halliburton Co subsidiary Kellogg Brown and Root. Vice president Dick Cheney is a former head of Halliburton.
FEMA hired another business with close ties to the administration, Bechtel Corp, to provide short-term housing for people displaced by the hurricane. Do these companies deserve our trust? Or our money?
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