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“Sweetheart Deal” for Carnival Cruise Lines:

If the ships were at capacity, with 7,116 evacuees, for six months, the price per evacuee would total $1,275 a week, according to calculations by aides to Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.). A seven-day western Caribbean cruise out of Galveston can be had for $599 a person — and that would include entertainment and the cost of actually making the ship move. “When the federal government would actually save millions of dollars by forgoing the status quo and actually sending evacuees on a luxurious six-month cruise it is time to rethink how we are conducting oversight.”

::grumble::grumble::grumble:: I so don’t understand how this administration could keep fucking up so badly.

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9 comments to cruises for evacuees

  • I agree with the grumbling about lots of fuckups… but why “this” administration? Implies that you are certain that another administration would have done much better? which one? why?

    The matter, I think, may have more to do with enormous bureaucratic entities that have never before had to coordinate on the fly on such a scale (and we never have, to be honest). I wonder whether fuckups on such a scale would have happened during the cold war, when all school kids knew their evacuation routines (or so i am told). Who knows? I wouldn’t think that a democratic administration would have done much better under the circumstances though. A little better? maybe. Much better? doubtful.

  • Um, first off it’d’ve been helpful if they’d had somebody qualified and competent at the head of FEMA; and not have reorganized FEMA under the DHS. That woulda been helpful for starters; and some compassion and some leadership early on when everyone began to realize just how bad the whole thing was going to be… And not handing out sweetheart deals to Haliburton. For starters…

  • I am not saying this administration didn’t fuck up, but I have no evidence that another administration would not have. Also, the whole corporate deals with government are well known for being sweet deals for corporations they just don’t normally get highlighted in this way.

  • while i realize that government does subsidize most businesses it deals with above and beyond the consumer model…. this example is a bit overboard. I think there should be a law that makes it illegal to profiteer from government contracts, one that looks at say Halliburton specifically, and says ‘in times of war, you show a 800% profit increase, to discourage you from provoking war, you will be fined 90% of that increase if it happens again.’ similarly if friends of politicians have outrageous profits in relation to the politician being in office, that should be returned to the public coffers. have you seen http://findthebrownie.squarespace.com/ yet?

  • I hate stories like this that just show how our Government is misspending our hard earned dollars. But I love the fact people print them so I can read about them.

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  • I am not saying this administration didn’t fuck up, but I have no evidence that another administration would not have. Also, the whole corporate deals with government are well known for being sweet deals for corporations they just don’t normally get highlighted in this way.

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