Friday, September 16, 2005

THE ROVE STOVE

So, what's cookin' on the ol' Rove Stove these days? Bush announced last night in New Orleans that his top political strategist Karl Rove will head up the reconstruction of Jazz City and the Gulf Coast. Josh Marshall has an excellent post about this high-level graft.

The brazen, in-your-face cronyism of the reconstruction is truly astounding. Having made billions in Iraq (but with no success in actually restoring order to the country), the Bush-Cheney machine which includes Halliburton, Bechtel, and Kellogg Brown & Root, have been granted no-bid contracts to rebuild the Gulf Coast. Why is the news media not harping on this?

In addition, Bush suspended the 1931 Davis-Bacon Act guaranteeing fair pay for workers who labor in the reconstruction projects. That means that the poor who had no means to evacuate Katrina will be paid substandard salaries, apparently so the overclass Republicans can ensure that the workers remain poor. This is called compassionate conservatism.