U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson knows which side his bread is buttered. Mr. Jackson loves his President and won’t take any crap from unpatriotic pinko commie Bush hating liberals. Apparently, Jackson runs his department with a focus on loyalty. Anyone messes with the President they mess with him. He believes you are either with the President or against him; and he is willing to use the power of a federal agency to show you exactly what being against the President will cost you in real hard cash. So, beware you moonbats, commies and "hate America first" bleeding heart contractors. Get with the program or get lost.
Secretary Jackson uses simple rules to run HUD. You disagree with the President you don’t get a HUD contract. During a speech last month in Texas, Mr. Jackson made federal contracting policy under the Bush Administration crystal clear:
After discussing the huge strides the agency has made in doing business with minority-owned companies, Jackson closed with a cautionary tale, relaying a conversation he had with a prospective advertising contractor.
"He had made every effort to get a contract with HUD for 10 years," Jackson said of the prospective contractor. "He made a heck of a proposal and was on the (General Services Administration) list, so we selected him. He came to see me and thank me for selecting him. Then he said something … he said, ‘I have a problem with your president.’
"I said, ‘What do you mean?’ He said, ‘I don’t like President Bush.’ I thought to myself, ‘Brother, you have a disconnect — the president is elected, I was selected. You wouldn’t be getting the contract unless I was sitting here. If you have a problem with the president, don’t tell the secretary.’
"He didn’t get the contract," Jackson continued. "Why should I reward someone who doesn’t like the president, so they can use funds to try to campaign against the president? Logic says they don’t get the contract. That’s the way I believe." [Emphasis added by me]
I applaud Mr. Jackson for finally telling the world how the Bush Administration awards contracts. Mr. Jackson has been roundly criticized for his remarks. Some members of Congress have urged his immediate dismissal. I say, baloney! Give this man a medal. In fact give this man a Presidential Medal of Freedom. Finally someone in the Administration dares to speak the truth and we criticize him? I say nay! We finally have a cabinet secretary shedding light on how companies like Halliburton and Shirlington Limousine get Government contracts. Apparently drinking of Kool-Aid and taking the loyalty oath is not only a requirement for attendance at Bush speeches but also has been extended to Government contracting. Thanks to Secretary Jackson, at least we now know what the ground rules are. Whether it is legal or ethical, I’ll let the lawyers and ethicists decide. I just want to give the man a cookie.
There is one small adjustment I would like to make however. I would recommend to President Bush that effective immediately that he reduce the salaries of all cabinet secretaries and other political appointees in the federal Government by 69%. I am sure Secretary Jackson and other Kool-aid drinkers would not want to take money from the 69% of taxpayers who do not approve of the Bush Administration. Further, effective immediately all government contractors should be forced to sign the Bush loyalty oath as a precondition for securing and continuing federal contracts. Needless to say that all Government contract costs should be reduced by 69% so that no one inadvertently receives disloyal taxpayer funds. I think this is a fabulous way of slashing the federal deficit. All fiscally responsible Republicans should be on board with my suggestion. The pinko commie Democrats and the rest of the 69% don’t really matter – so there is no need to ask their unpatriotic opinion.
I think the President should sign an Executive Order to make these changes happen immediately. There is no need to get Congress involved – I am certain that the President’s article II powers give him plenty of authority to take these actions. If you are in doubt Mr. President get yourself a legal opinion from that Constitutional scholar you call the Attorney General.