I remember several years ago thinking that Bush’s creation of the Office of Homeland Security would be one of the most expensive examples of government mismanagement in the history of the United States. From the early days, it was obvious that this organization would help spread the hysteria about terrorism that was (and still is) common in the media. From a rainbow of meaningless and useless “alert levels” to amazingly large government contracts handed to Bush’s cronies, DHS would probably be a symbol of corruption and little else.
HomelandSecurityForSale.org has a video that provides some of the highlights (if you can call them that). I’m always surprised that, while people are looking at immigration and other relatively minor distractions, our government is being flat-out plundered by no-bid contracts and hundreds of billions of dollars granted with almost no tangible return on investment.
If an elected official from a neighborhood association did something like this, it’s likely that he or she would face criminal charges. When done on a large scale, however, it seems that there are no repercussions whatsoever. It’s fairly typical of the Bush Administration: we have a few people getting extremely rich off of the money paid by the masses. Sadly, it’s very unlikely that the people responsible for the DHS mess will ever have to atone for the corruption. Rather, they’re likely to get high-paying positions with the very companies they benefited. And, it’s likely that a lot of people will start to think that if you can’t beat them, you should join them.