A ‘Conservative’ vision for America – ‘How GOP Cong. Mica made the TSA, and your national security, his own personal pork’
This happens all the time and by both parties.
But imagine a Republican President, A Republican House and Senate and a ‘mandate’ from the American voters of turning America into a ‘for profit’ Republic/Corporation.
‘GOP House committee chair John Mica has been pushing for years for the TSA to be privatized’.
‘As Chris wrote yesterday, with all the problems the TSA has, it’s not entirely clear why anything would improve under private management. If anything, at least now TSA has to worry about the ire of the administration and Congress when they strip search granny, but after they’re privatized, kiss any real government oversight goodbye’.
‘But privatize it we are going to do, because Congressman Mica got some legislation passed earlier this year making it so’.
‘Now why would he do that’?
‘Maybe because one of the main contractors who would profit from privatizing the TSA is a campaign donor to Congressman Mica and one of his constituents’.
‘Covenant, based in Mica’s home district in northeastern coastal Florida, has airport screening contracts in Sioux Falls, S.D., Tupelo, Miss., and seven small airports in northern and eastern Montana’.
‘Its deal at San Francisco International is by far its largest. Covenant employs nearly 1,100 people in the bay area, who make up nearly all of its 1,150 workers. The last four-year contract, from 2006 to 2010, totaled $314 million. A new contract has been put out for competitive bids’.
‘And a recent check of donations shows that Gerald Berry of Covenant Aviation donated to Mica again in 2011’.
‘And what do you know, according to news reports “all signs are pointing to Covenant Aviation Security” getting the TSA privatization contract in Mica’s own backyard’.
‘What’s especially interesting about Mica’s Covenant having the inside track is that Covenant is not without controversy’:
‘[I]n 2006, according to a government report, Covenant was caught cheating on performance tests at San Francisco International Airport.
Hard to believe a company caught cheating on performance tests would have the inside track on new TSA contracts. So how did they manage it’?
‘Now, in most of the world, if a politician were lobbying for something on behalf of someone who gave them money, we’d send that politician to jail – or at the very least they’d recuse themselves from the matter. We certainly wouldn’t make them the chair of an entire committee, and we certainly wouldn’t accede to their demands when the national security of the country was at stake’.
‘But this is the way Washington works. Especially in the Republican party’.
From : http://www.americablog.com/2012/06/how-gop-cong-mica-made-tsa-and-your.html