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Breaking News: Recapture No-Bid Contractor Charges!


August 13, 2007 at 05:14:52

Recapture "No-Bid" Contractor Charges by Mandatory Renegotiation of Contracts! Use Funds for New GI BILL!

There is an eminent precedent for recapturing excessive profits from government contractors associated with No-Bid Contracts in Wartime and Let's see if Nancy Pelosi, is going to take that off the table as well! Use the funds for a New GI BILL!

Franklyn Delano Roosevelt was Undersecretary of the Navy in World War I and he handled the job better than anyone before or since. By the time he became president and facing a Second World War just 23 years later, he knew exactly what to do.

"Roosevelt, who had handled the Navy's contracting responsibilities in World War I, was well served by the procurement team Stimson assembled at the War Department. Undersecretary Robert Patterson, General Brehon Somervell, who commanded the supply services, and Clay presided over the greatest military buildup the world has ever known within a time frame few considered possible. Between Pearl Harbor and V J Day, the armed services let contracts that ultimately exceeded $200 billion ($2 trillion currently) with scarcely a breath of scandal. "We were not against industry making a profit," said Clay, "but we were damned well sure they were not going to make an excess profit." For the first and only time in American history, the military employed a process of mandatory contract renegotiation. Whenever a supplier reaped an excessive profit or the Army no longer needed what it contracted for, the War Department renegotiated the contract and recaptured the government's money. "I think it was the greatest job we did during the whole war," said Clay years later. "You haven't heard any criticism of excess profits from World War II, and no one else has." (The mandatory contract renegotiation and recapture of excess profits, faced repeated court challenges, but the Supreme Court upheld the army's authority. Justice Harold Burton said, "The constitutionality of the conscription of manpower for military service is beyond question. The constitutional power of congress to support the armed forces with equipment and supplies is no less clear and sweeping. The mandatory renegotiations of contracts are valid, a fortiori."
From FDR by Jean Edward Smith

Roosevelt could have allowed everyone to steal everything from the American People, and contribute to his campaigns in future, just as the current Pork Barreling war criminals are allowing now, but he was a man of honor and justice, but he lacked their avarice and demoniac personalities. Roosevelt had war pushed upon him, despite what those whose research skills are rather lacking and those who were and continue to practice scumbag Rovean slanders even about Pearl Harbor, and the error ridden Wikipedia chasers, who are jacks of all trades and masters of none, who say that he tried to get us into war. Such people have no in-depth knowledge of the history or conditions in 1937-1941.

It is entirely possible, if all of the complaints we read about in quality are true that the clause, "Uniquely Qualified Contractor" is bullshit. When I was a tenured professor, the Halls of Higher Education were diseased with "Uniquely Qualified Contractor's" who, after I sent out for bids from others for the same work, were no more "Uniquely Qualified Contractor's" than your pet turtle is for Astro Physics.

I do not know what experience Halliburton had in food service, but right now in America, there thousands of restaurant chains, caterers and food service contractors who serve millions to tens of millions of customers a day, with good, nutritious food, and until proven to me to my satisfaction, I question the Uniqueness of those so specified in employ of the government as contractors in Iraq, in that area at least. I also wonder why American contractors did construction work in Iraq, the Iraqi's seem to have done a fairly good job of building their own edifices over the last few thousand years, and why and how the contractors that were sent there were "Uniquely Qualified" when we also have thousands of building contractors, architects and engineers, right here in America also, who might have delivered lower bids.

We have, right now, (not having to wait until after the 2008 election) a rare opportunity to take down the scourges of the earth, by getting back about 80% of the profits they have skimmed, and break their strangle hold on cash, and share the money with American citizens and returning troops, the people from which they've been allowed to snatch it.

I say we ring every penny of it from the contractors and right now, as Roosevelt did! What do you say? Will you join me in asking every single congress person in each of your districts to subject the "Uniquely Qualified Contractor's" No-Bid contractors to Mandatory renegotiation and recapture of US Funds which are in our opinion excess charges, not just excessive profits, but excessive charges. Profits can be hidden, so I say reduce their payment by 80% on every job they and their contractors and subcontractors have done overseas and here, which is in any way related to this war. We need no pork barreling at the expense of our troops and our citizens here who have kept the home fires burning brightly for their return.

Let's take back most of that $2.3 trillion thrown away to pals by the Pork Barreling War Criminals in Washington. Please help me form a letter writing, phone calling, personal visiting, push among our citizens and congress to follow FDR's lead to renegotiate all No-Bid Contracts and recapture 80% of all charges made by "Uniquely Qualified Contractor's" No-Bid contractors, and other contractors, ASAP?

Our Moral and Ethical Obligation To Our Returning Troops
And while we are on the subject of FDR, let us use his morality in his obligation for our brave and miscast troops. Thinking years before it's need, Roosevelt said, "Lack of money, should not deprive or prevent any veteran of this war from equipping himself for the most useful employment for which his aptitudes and willingness qualify him... I believe the nation is morally obligated to provide this training and education and necessary financial assistance by which they can be secured," Roosevelt worked hard, as men and women of morality should to provide generous unemployment insurance, job counseling and enhanced medical care as well as low cost loans for buying homes and farms and covering business costs for veterans. The Congress, at the time, was nearly evenly divided between the two parties, and yet the G. I. BILL OF RIGHTS passed both Houses Unanimously!

When they finally return from their tours of duty, they must meet not with soup lines, unemployment and the outsourcing which is throttling our nation now, I read recently that major Poultry and egg producers have threatened Conservationist with taking their poultry business to Asia if the government attempts to make safety over productivity it's concern. I say tell them to, while carrying out their treasonous and contemptuous threats, go straight to Hell and pass a bill denying import of poultry and eggs from anywhere off the North American Continent. If Washington is truly concerned about "Security" the best way to secure our food supply is to raise everything needed here in America or Canada. So, then a heavy tax on outsourcing food-stuffs, should be imposed on those who produce poultry and eggs, and a heavier still tax upon those who buy outsourced poultry and eggs, or better still, perhaps the industry should be in safer hands than those of Privateers who threaten America's security and food sources to tampering abroad. If medicines, which only a fraction of Americans use, are unsafe to import why should, food, which all Americans use, not be even more unsafe to import-Nationalize food production, before allowing it to go overseas. The money derived form such taxes should them be used to partly support a New G. I. Bill!

If we are willing to place men and women in the line of fire for some patriotic, even if so misplaced, war, we must provide for the well being of their lives and families, for the time they lost in battle, whether or not we agree that such wars are just. The unjustness of a conflict does and should not fall upon those at the line of duty, but upon those who caused that line of duty to exist. Therefore, the rest of the funding for the New G. I. Bill should be financed by heavily taxing all companies, which received contracts for this war. Most especially and most heavily, those designated as "Uniquely Qualified Contractor" and received No-Bid Contracts.
Let neither avarice nor fascism prevail, but justice!


Professor Bagnolo is a Renaissance man: Cultural Anthropologist, Architectural designer, painter, writer, novelist, theologian. As a child prodigy, abed with polio for almost two years, with an off the charts IQ, reading at the graduate level by 5th grade, offered an opportunity to skip three grades at age 8.
Later He was a recipient of an Art Institute scholarship at age 11, a Ford Foundation Fellowship and merit scholarship in art, and was appointed a Graduate Research Assistant position in college. He holds a triple bachelor's degree in Painting and Drawing, Anthropology, Architectural Design Advertising. Ma's in Cultural Anthro, Painting and more.
After being tenured he taught; architecture, anthropology, Theology, advertising, painting and drawing, entrepreneuring and Creative Profit Making. He produced a star-studded Music festival, had a radio talk show in Chicago, and cable TV show. Now, retired from Teaching, he paints, writes, and pursues other ventures.

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Blood Money and Excessive War Profits 14.Aug.2007 12:27

Joe Anybody iam@joe-anybody.com

Nice Post - Good Ideas

I don't know allot about FDR but your/his concepts of accountability on excessive war profits makes allot of cents

I have not read this book but it looks interesting and is about the contractor issue

I was curious do you have a copy of a pre-written letter (talking points)one could send to congress that may be of help for the non letter writers to be able to send off a quick letter requesting accountability, etc?

And if so, could you post it here? (This is just a suggestion)

It may help 'spread the word' and be more apt to accurately help be on target for the correct message to congress

Thanks for your post on this once again

Contractors & Their Bloody Money
Contractors & Their Bloody Money

Contractors out of control 14.Aug.2007 15:49


There are now nearly as many private contractors in Iraq as there are U.S. soldiers - and a large percentage of them are private security guards equipped with automatic weapons, body armor, helicopters and bullet-proof trucks.

They operate with little or no supervision, accountable only to the firms employing them.

This private army has been accused of indiscriminately firing at American and Iraqi troops, and of shooting to death an unknown number of Iraqi citizens.