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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Good for Norm

Posted by: Hammer / 1:34 PM

Even a stopped clock is right twice a day. Here's Smilin' Norm finding the right side of an easy issue:
COMPANIES which regularly cheat on their federal taxes should be banned from further government contracts. According to a recent Government Accountability Office report, there are lots of them. The federal watchdog agency found some 33,000 civilian contractors owe more than $3 billion in unpaid taxes.

Sen. Norm Coleman, who heads the subcommittee, says contractors who failed to remit payroll taxes "cheated not only the American people, but their own employees as well." The Minnesota Republican vows to end the problem by barring certain companies and individuals, whose names would be published, from receiving federal contracts.

I don't expect Coleman and Congress to actually fix the problem, but a nice, symbolic gesture would be welcome. Like banning all tax cheats and defrauders from future government contracts, unless they have "special expertise". That way KBR could bilk taxpayers out of millions, but continue to get huge federal contracts to help fund Cheney's retirement.


damn!! You beat me to it. I had a post all ready to go called "Credit where Credit is Due". Then I was going to criticize him for failing to realize the labor issues at the heart of these contract problems.

This Task Force is a really good thing however. Really good.


By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:43 PM  

Seems like it wasn't a good idea 4 years ago. Clinton had a similar program barring companies from receiving contracts if they repeatedly violated OSHA regulations or pollution controls (IIRC). Bush rescinded those rules.

By Blogger Hammer, at 7:37 AM  

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