Friday, June 29, 2007

Doesn't This Drive True Conservatives Crazy?

I keep waiting for the disaffection of the fiscal conservatives from the current administration and the Republican party. Fiscal conservatism was what always attracted me to the Republican party. But this administration has not only run roughshod over that theme, they've bulldozed it. So, I keep waiting for some of them, in addition to or other than Andrew Sullivan, to start jumping ship. Maybe it is happening and I am unaware of it. But anyway, the proponents of small government should be disgusted by this:

Costs Skyrocket As DHS Runs Up No-Bid Contracts

$2 Million Security Project Balloons to $124 Million
By Robert O'Harrow Jr.
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, June 28, 2007; Page A01

The project started in 2003 with a $2 million contract to help the new Department of Homeland Security quickly get an intelligence operation up and running.

Over the next year, the cost of the no-bid arrangement with consultant Booz Allen Hamilton soared by millions of dollars per month, as the firm provided analysts, administrators and other contract employees to the department's Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection offices.

By December 2004, payments to Booz Allen had exceeded $30 million -- 15 times the contract's original value.

Read the rest here.