June 15, 2004
Halliburton Rips Off Taxpayers
Speaking of Halliburton, if NASA hands over operations to corporate subcontractors, here is the kind of ripoffs we can expect:
# Lodged 100 workers at a five-star hotel in Kuwait for a total of $10,000 a day while the Pentagon wanted them to stay in tents, like soldiers, at $139 a night.BTW check out the link, which is from FreeRepublic.com, where the conservatives actually try to excuse these ripoffs. They can't even do the math on why tents are less expensive than five-star hotels.
They make one interesting point:
The difference between the US Army and Halliburton is that Halliburton's employees can quit if they don't like the accomodations. Halliburton has to do something to make people willing to work in hostile territory.Which sounds like a great reason not to subcontract out the work. Soldiers are there out of patriotism. There is no reason they should have to work side by side with opportunistic contractors making piles of money at theirs and their fellow taxpayers' expense.
Posted by Nathan at June 15, 2004 08:35 AM
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Posted by: wvmcl at June 15, 2004 04:43 PM
It seems to me that it would be a lot easier to argue that soldiers are underpaid than that the contractors on the ground are overpaid. (How much would they have to pay you for _you_ to go Over There?) That there is a lot of graft and scam artistry going on, and that this is a disgrace, I do not dispute. Essential logistics functions should be done by the military because civilian contractors can leave whenever the going gets tough. At the same time, it is a disgrace that many U.S. soldiers must rely upon food stamps to support their families. We should be paying our soldiers a decent wage. Not only is this a moral imperative, but a practical one as well - in order to have an all-volunteer force, you need volunteers, and you aren't going to get many of them if volunteering means being shot at in horrendous conditions at atrocious pay and benefits that keep getting cut by Team Dubya.
Posted by: Firebug at June 16, 2004 02:02 AM
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