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Somebody at Halliburton is Getting Blown Off Your Taxes

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A new government estimate reports that government waste has become disgusting in Iraq. Fifty-five percent of the tax dollars funding "reconstruction" there is basically padding the expense accounts of no-bid-contracting firm executives for accomplishing nothing. That's right, almost half of that $18 billion republicans authorized to pay for "reconstruction" in Iraq is disappearing with no returns to the same multi-millionaires whose taxes became non-existent five years ago thanks to George W. Bush's tax cuts--yeah these folks get a little more then the $300 check you get every year

Well that's funny, the private sector is supposed to reward people for their hard work, that's why these slick willies don't pay taxes anymore, right? Not so. Half the charges contractors are giving to the government (billions of dollars) are for "overhead costs." Like what? Food, the report says. Right. That's one hell of a McDonald's. This means that only 45 percent is actually being spent on reconstruction and perhaps less, the report indicates.

So why are private, no-bid-contractor, stretch-limousine draft-dodger executives being rewarded for doing nothing? Why are their employees--the construction workers who we are supposedly paying to rebuild Iraq--doing nothing but eating, laughing and playing video games? Why are they sitting in air-conditioned safe zones with no work orders and no responsibilities while our Marines are out there learning what it feels like when three pounds of hot metal suddenly make their body start functioning very wrongly?...just before they meet God? Why would the republicans tolerate incompetence on such a colossal scale? Could we answer that question by looking at who these contractors are?

The Times reports that KBR Inc. is doing the least amount of work and charging the most for it. KBR Inc. is a subsidiary of Halliburton-wait a second, who used to work at Halliburton? Who has stock invested in Halliburton? Which party is the party of Halliburton? You answer that question, Red America! Which party is the party of Halliburton? I want an f-ing answer!

And where's all this money going after it's ripped out of your hands and poured into the expense accounts of Halliburton executives--because you know these guys are making a profit...even if they aren't accomplishing anything. I wonder if these limousine tycoons ever get a little sick of their trophy wives. I wonder if their Porsche-driving, Play Station-addict, arrogant, frat-boy sons ever get a little impulsive with all that money you had to work 40+ hour weeks to earn. All that cash...all those billions of taxpayer dollars that they took from us so cleverly. Easy cum, easy go.

But what do I know, Red America? Right? I'm just a democrat. The party of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reed doesn't know anything, does it? Remember? We hate America. It couldn't be that when I'm looking out for my interests, there just happens to be an overlap with your interests. We couldn't have mutual interests, could we? I'm a blue person and you're a red person. I have a star on my belly but you don't have a star on yours.

It couldn't be that when republicans wear cowboy boots that they are actually just playing dress-up, when in reality they spend all their lives sitting on leather and drinking Perrier. No. Dick Cheney is looking out for you, and he must know. Why, of course Dick Cheney, who has no interest in seeing Halliburton do well, would say something right now to remind you why you should vote for the republicans and forget the crazy babble of a democrat like me.
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