Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Try Out of Contexting This

Actually they probably will, if any one even notices. From Sirotablog ( via Atrios):

"Once the color barrier has been broken, minority contractors seeking government work may need to overcome the Bush barrier. That's the message U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson seemed to send during an April 28 talk in Dallas. Jackson, a former president and CEO of the Dallas Housing Authority, was among the featured speakers at a forum sponsored by the Real Estate Executive Council, a national minority real estate consortium. After discussing the huge strides the agency has made in doing business with minority-owned companies, 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?'"

BTW the story was originally reported in the left wing Dallas Business Journal.

If you missed the December issue of Harper's, Lapham's notebook is available here:

So obvious was the nature of the work in progress everywhere on the Gulf Coast, so many corporate bagmen taking it away in eighteen-wheel trucks, that some of the Republican pit bosses in Washington worried about the keeping up of respectable appearances

After a few months of pretending to play by the rules (or after threatening to to take its ball and go home), the administration now feels like it can resume the gravy train. Of course, there have been signs of that for a while now.

Note: H/T to Blagueur, where I went to look for a link to a little noticed story in New Orleans City Business. That post will have to wait, but the story should make your blood boil. Dallas Business Journal, New Orleans City Business, at least part of the press still cares about corruption and fraud.

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