Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Price-gouging contractors

In a reply to a PoliticsLA.com thread, I hinted at a price-gouging trend that really needs to be investigated further. Is this what Bush is talking about when he says private contractors need to lead the Katrina recovery and rebuilding effort:

I'm hearing reports of contractors making thousands of dollars a day for basically hiring out imported labor from Mexico and Central America.

Hmm...let's see...who's getting "special treatment"?

This is disgraceful, and need I point out, UN-AMERICAN!!! These guys aren't just ripping off American workers. They're ripping off Americans who pay their taxes, and buy insurance. And it's all being condoned by FEMA and the Bush administration.

FEMA actually sets the allowable prices for contracts higher than prevailing prices in Louisiana, while the Bush administration waived the requirement to pay the prevailing wage.

One contractor said he was making so much money, he didn't know what to do with it. He said he'll be able to retire inside of a year.


UPDATE:
The AFL-CIO has an online petition demanding that President Bush restore the Davis-Bacon Act working wage protections in Gulf Coast states which he rescinded by executive order.

1 Comments:

At 10/05/2005 07:52:00 AM, Blogger Mixter said...

Sickening.

Mixter

 

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