I’ve been listening to Washington Journal this morning on C-SPAN and I had to laugh when a couple of women called in with southern accents saying that George W. Bush is an honest man, not a liar, and is doing everything in his power to protect Americans. One woman still believes that Bush didn’t lie us into war. Uh huh. I don’t know where these women have been living for the last six years (maybe under a rock?), but during those years Americans have witnessed day after day lies, deceits, manipulations, and pure politics to BENEFIT REPUBLICANS ONLY and their corporate whores coming out of the worst presidency in the history of our nation.
Today, Monday, March 26th, we are learning that the Government Services Administration has been led by a Bush crony who used her ties to the White House and her own selfish, corrupt, and greedy ways to get no-bid contracts for her friends and who used her office politically to help out the republicans.
From the Washington Post:
Witnesses have told congressional investigators that the chief of the General Services Administration and a deputy in Karl Rove’s political affairs office at the White House joined in a videoconference earlier this year with top GSA political appointees, who discussed ways to help Republican candidates.
With GSA Administrator Lurita Alexis Doan and up to 40 regional administrators on hand, J. Scott Jennings, the White House’s deputy director of political affairs, gave a PowerPoint presentation on Jan. 26 of polling data about the 2006 elections.
When Jennings concluded his presentation to the GSA political appointees, Doan allegedly asked them how they could “help ‘our candidates’ in the next elections,” according to a March 6 letter to Doan from Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Waxman said in the letter that one method suggested was using “targeted public events, such as the opening of federal facilities around the country.”
On Wednesday, Doan is scheduled to appear before Waxman’s committee to answer questions about the videoconference and other issues. The committee is investigating whether remarks made during the videoconference violated the Hatch Act, a federal law that restricts executive-branch employees from using their positions for political purposes. Those found in violation of the act do not face criminal penalties but can be removed from their jobs.
Waxman said in the letter that the remarks made during the videoconference have been confirmed by “multiple sources.” Congressional investigators have taken statements from GSA employees and others in recent weeks.
The planned hearing is part of an expanding examination by Waxman’s committee of Doan’s tumultuous 10-month tenure as administrator of the GSA. The government’s leading procurement agency annually handles about $56 billion worth of federal contracts.
The committee is also expected to question Doan about her attempt to give a no-bid job to a friend and professional associate last summer. In addition, the committee plans to look at Waxman’s charge that Doan “intervened” in a troubled technology contract with Sun Microsystems that could cost taxpayers millions more than necessary.
Oh and it gets better! Karl Rove’s deputy director, J. Scott Jennings is in this and is also connected to the Gonzales US Attorney political firings:
Jennings’s name has recently surfaced in investigations of the firing of eight U.S. attorneys around the country. He communicated with Justice Department officials concerning the appointment of Tim Griffin, a former Rove aide, as U.S. attorney in Little Rock, according to e-mails released this month. For that exchange, Jennings, although working at the White House, used an e-mail account registered to the Republican National Committee, where Griffin had worked as a political opposition researcher.
After Jennings and Doan spoke during the videoconference, one regional GSA administrator offered the suggestion that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) could be excluded from the opening of an environmentally efficient federal courthouse in San Francisco, which Pelosi represents, according to Waxman’s letter. GSA manages the nation’s federal courthouses.
Well of course Jennings is connected to all of this, currently works for Rove, and has worked for Mitch McConnell at some point! Oh how the circle of corruption, greed, and criminal activity continues to spin!
Will it ever end? I want to see frogmarching in a sea of orange please! Spit. Kick. Punch. Face kick. Spit.