Who says Politics doesn’t pay and why can’t I find clients with pockets this deep?


I have never drank the political coolaid. I have little faith in big party politics. Give me an independent politician who does not have to toe a party line and I’ll show you a politician who has half a chance of being a decent advocate of the people.

I think one of the greatest wrongs that politicans commit is in their thinking of voters as idiots. I use the Washington Post article of 1/17/08 as a prime example. Staff writer Carrie Johnson writes in the Business section that GAO investigators will look into “NO-BID Contracts” irregularities involving the Justice Department.

This all came about when a firm led by the former Attorney General, John D. Ashcroft, drew attention for receiving lucrative (more like outrageous) contracts to oversee companies accused of fraud and other wrong doings. One firm in particular, Zimmer (famous for their “Zimmer Frames”), agreed to pay Mr. Ashcroft’s firm between $28 and $52 million dollars to resolve kickback allegations.

Two questions spring to mind; 1) How much was the original “kickback” amount when they can now afford to pay out $28,000,000.00 to $52,000,000.00? and 2) Does the recieving of (as much as) $52 million dollars by a former high ranking politician from a company with it’s back up against a wall not sound like a “kickback” in of itself?

What does Mr. Ashcroft’s firm deliver as a result of this outlandish payment? Well, as a “monitor”, they will make sure that Zimmer stops making illicit payment to doctors for using Zimmer products. There’s got to be more than that, surely? Kind of. Ashcroft said that he has already made several trips to Indiana to “understand Zimmer’s troubles.” Several trips to Indiana for $52 million dollars? Did they buy their own luxury jet just for those trips?

Private investigation firms all across America conducts similar services on a daily basis, only for a mere fraction of what Zimmer has paid to this former Government official. As a private security business owner I can attest to the fact that a typical investigation company would be delighted and thrilled to receive 2% – 3% of this amount and in so doing would employ highly skilled investigators with backgrounds and certifications such as Certified Fraud examiner in the FBI, United Nations and other Govt. and corporate investigative agencies.

You can be sure that Mr. Ashccroft is not the only former government offical riding the gravy train. The article states that several other former government officials with ties to the Bush administration have been awarded similar contracts since 2001.

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