Tuesday, March 13, 2007

How Come the Word "Bush" Ends Up Connected to So Much Failure that Is Profitable?

Check this link from Florida (our Florida correspondent Mr. Mel can follow up on this between 18 hour days and Rioja):

The Army Corps of Engineers, rushing to meet President Bush's promise to protect New Orleans by the start of the 2006 hurricane season, installed defective flood-control pumps last year despite warnings from its own expert that the equipment would fail during a storm, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.The 2006 hurricane season turned out to be mild, and the new pumps were never pressed into action. But the Corps and the politically connected manufacturer of the equipment are still struggling to get the 34 heavy-duty pumps working properly. . .

The drainage-canal pumps were custom-designed and built under a $26.6 million contract awarded after competitive bidding to Moving Water Industries Corp. of Deerfield Beach, Fla. It was founded in 1926 and supplies flood-control and irrigation pumps all over the world.MWI is owned by J. David Eller and his sons. Eller was once a business partner of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in a venture called Bush-El that marketed MWI pumps. And Eller has donated about $128,000 to politicians, the vast majority of it to the Republican Party, since 1996, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

MWI has run into trouble before. The U.S. Justice Department sued the company in 2002, accusing it of fraudulently helping Nigeria obtain $74 million in taxpayer-backed loans for overpriced and unnecessary water-pump equipment. The case has yet to be resolved.

If they're already in trouble, how'd they get the ACOE contract?

1 comment:

daneeta loretta said...

Hate to bring up the "I" word, but the same thing happened over in Iraq. Bush's cronies got the contracts paid for by Iraqi money, the money disappeared, and the Iraqi's are still without proper utilities. What I want to know is what are the Americans going to do about it. I mean, it was easy for me after the first election to say that there was a bloodless coup. The second time around, it wasn't so easy.