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We the People of Daily Kos do not want Halliburton to do any of the rebuilding work in New Orleans. We don't want Bechtel; we don't want KBR. We don't want any corporation connected with the current administration to be stealing any more money from the taxpayers... as has happened in Iraq.

We're tired of being stolen from. We're tired of stories of millions, maybe billions of dollars being pocketed by Bush's friends.

We demand that Democrats have open-bid contracts for  the reconstruction of New Orleans and that no companies connected with the Bush administration get any of the work. This is suppose to be a free-market capitalist economy.

We the People of Daily Kos are tired of governemnt funded monopolies stealing our tax dollars and doing sub-standard work so that Bush's friends can get rich. We're tired of companies that feed our troops rotten food so they can make more money.

Democrats must stand up for Americans, or we will remove them from office.

Originally posted to Lode Runner on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 02:55 PM PDT.

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We don't want Halliburton, Bechtel, KBR, or any other Bush-league corporations to rebuild New Orleans.

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  •  mojo <eom> (4.00)

    U.S. blue collar worker vs. CEO income in 1992 was 1:80; in 1998 it was 1:420.

    by Lode Runner on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 03:07:32 PM PDT

  •  Isn't it already... (none)
    ...a done deal?  That happened before you could say DICK Cheney.  By the way, where is Waldo....err, DICK?

    Katrina had more than the power of wind and water... when they've subsided, it can still reveal the emptiness of the Bush era more than anyone. Argentina Clarin

    by Caldonia on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 03:09:30 PM PDT

    •  I think the Mississippi contract (none)
      is a done deal. Not sure if anyone had a "worse-case scenario" contract for New Orleans or not.

      we now know a lot of things, most of which, we already knew... (-dash888)

      by Tirge Caps on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 03:13:41 PM PDT

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    •  Yes, (none)
      I believe they got some contracts already. That's why I did this poll. I've been told Bush was arranging it before he ever got to New Orleans. Probly one of the many schemes that  made it take him so long.

      I think Cheney was standing with Bush yesterday at a speech... I heard it somewhere. I guess he's not dead yet.

      But yeah... Bush and Cheney called Halliburton immediately to offer them the no-bid contract. What is this, Communist China? We don't need government supported construction companies!!!

      Bush hired em'. That doesn't mean we can't fire them though.

      HALLIBURTON, YOU'RE FIRED!

      U.S. blue collar worker vs. CEO income in 1992 was 1:80; in 1998 it was 1:420.

      by Lode Runner on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 03:15:50 PM PDT

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    •  The REAL Looters (none)
      Somehow, someway we need a REAL investigation of these fat vultures, and, while you're at it, the "private contractors" all over Iraq, like Blackstone. We have 140,000 troops there, but there are thousands more of these overpaid "contractors" (mercenaries).  They make many times what our troops do--where is the budget oversight???

      We need a big goddam investigation, and Bunny Greenhouse would be a great start.

  •  I'd feel comfortable if it was an (none)
    at cost, zero-profit contract with heavy oversight and a crew of auditors imported from heaven.

    we now know a lot of things, most of which, we already knew... (-dash888)

    by Tirge Caps on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 03:11:51 PM PDT

    •  That sounds about right... (4.00)
      Yes, if Halliburton is going to do this work with no competition, they can do it at cost.

      They already stole our money in Iraq; now it's time for them to pay us back.

      That's just business.

      U.S. blue collar worker vs. CEO income in 1992 was 1:80; in 1998 it was 1:420.

      by Lode Runner on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 03:18:35 PM PDT

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    •  At cost! (none)
      Without counting any executive salaries or bonuses. They would love to add million dollar bonuses to the cost.

      Were fighting them over there, so we don't have to protect our own over here.

      by Tomtech on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 04:46:12 PM PDT

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  •  On the last NPR news report (none)
    I heard that Chertoff has declared that everyone must leave the area, everyone. There seems to be a dispute between him and the state leadership though.

    It doesn't make any sense to me. If someone's held on through all this and they're in a place which is habitable I see no reason why they should be forced to leave. They said that they expect to get some fresh water flowing back through the mains in the next couple of days.

    •  Interesting... (4.00)
      Your suggestion makes sens to me. Is there some danger we aren't being told about? Chemical leaks? Poisoned water?

      Bush needs to tell Americans the truth of what's going on and why he's destroyed an American city for the profit of his buddies... yeah, I won't hold my breath.

      U.S. blue collar worker vs. CEO income in 1992 was 1:80; in 1998 it was 1:420.

      by Lode Runner on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 03:27:53 PM PDT

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  •  One of my fears (none)
    is that our wingnut government will rebuild New Orleans as corporate terrorist land full of Walmarts and Shitibanks(Citibanks) everywhere.  We need to do something to help small businesses restart.    

    Boycott Citibank/Citicards. They are corporate thieves and terrorists.

    by tri on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 03:46:03 PM PDT

  •  Then who? (none)
    Eliminate the big three....
    •  Who? (none)
      All the rest.

      You think there are only 3 construction and civil engineering companies in the U.S.?

      It just takes coordination. That means Bush needs to coordinate. OH MY GOD!!! You mean, we don't have to leave everything to the corporations?!? You mean our government can actually serve a function?!?

      Army Corps of Engineers. Who the hell built our nation's bridges and highways...?

      Anyway, it's my opinion that a large number of smaller firms doing work locally will make for a better city anyway. If it has to be a mega-corporation... then anyone but Halliburton. That's my opinion. We need to diversify the market. All it takes is people in govenrment who know what they're doing, rather than people who know how to hand over contracts to companies. Maybe Bush isn't qualified to actually run a country? I've had my suspcicions [snark].

      U.S. blue collar worker vs. CEO income in 1992 was 1:80; in 1998 it was 1:420.

      by Lode Runner on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 04:32:44 PM PDT

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  •  The Halliburton contract is for the damage (none)
    to the Naval facilities in and near New Orleans, not for the city itself..at least that's what Halliburton Watch says. I went to the link on another comment and it says it's for Naval facilities, and apparently under an existing contract. I don't think they should get any new ones. I think we should contract the Dutch to fix the levees and ensure that New Orleans rises again. They have the experience, and are unlikely to be profit minded like Halliburton. And any work Halliburton does, should be for no more money, let them take it out of the $9 billion they "lost" in Iraq.

    What happens when Bush takes Viagra? he gets taller. Robin Williams

    by Demfem on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 04:04:42 PM PDT

    •  That's a fantastical idea... (none)
      but I'm sure there are locals in New Orleans who know much more about the circumstances there and can rebuild the levees in a better way... maybe even some of them are poor black folk? Yup, NO'ers can rebuild their own city, and in fact they should... the more "local," the better... that's what I always say.

      NO'ers can rebuild their own city, given the tax revenue. And I mean LOTS of revenue. I want New Orleans to be a shining example of what America CAN DO. I want super-levees. I want canals, and wetlands, and changes in elevation. I want skywalks, and buildings on stilts. I want pedestrian bridges and car traffic below. I want Low-Income-3-Story-Townhouses... by the bazillions. I want different architects designing each one so they don't all look the same. I want people to remember the History in some areas and be very modern in others. I want my friggin 21st Century City. And I want the rich to pay for it. It's their fault it's destroyed. Now they get to make up for it.

      The answer to this tragedy is to tax the rich. Bush is out of options for revenue. If he chooses not to, if he chooses to murder the poor of New Orleans rather than raise taxes on the rich... well, that's on his head.

      He'll burn in Hell for it. And given Karma, probly sooner than later.

      U.S. blue collar worker vs. CEO income in 1992 was 1:80; in 1998 it was 1:420.

      by Lode Runner on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 04:42:23 PM PDT

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      •  Oh yeah... (none)
        and I want hundreds if not thousands of helicopter landing pads accessible from all public/apartment building rooftops as a mandatory new building code... paid for by America's top 5%. Also paid for by the personal savings of Bush, Cheney, Rice, Brown, Chertoff, and Rumsfeld.

        U.S. blue collar worker vs. CEO income in 1992 was 1:80; in 1998 it was 1:420.

        by Lode Runner on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 04:48:46 PM PDT

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      •  I would think that the Dutch (none)
        could do the engineering and planning and local firms do the actual construction. After all, the Dutch have a lot of experience keeping the sea at bay, mostly successfully.

        What happens when Bush takes Viagra? he gets taller. Robin Williams

        by Demfem on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 07:18:39 PM PDT

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        •  It's a nice idea... (none)
          but it's also probly unnecessary. There are plenty of locals with the brains to figure it out. I'm sure they already have; they just need the funding.

          U.S. blue collar worker vs. CEO income in 1992 was 1:80; in 1998 it was 1:420.

          by Lode Runner on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 07:39:39 PM PDT

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