Thursday, December 13, 2007

Counting the Cost



After George W. Bush no longer holds the reins of power -- when the investigations start -- history will hold him to account. When we start counting the cost, you’ll want to know who was squandering your money on ideology instead of spending it on bettering our country. I thought I’d start taking names.

If you’ve worked for the U.S. government -- or were served by the people that do -- here’s a guy you can “thank” for the mess he left: George Nesterczuk. Described as an “archconservative”, he came from The Heritage Foundation to work at the Office of Personnel Management.

There is an interesting article in Govexec.com that will point you towards the truth.

”In a July 2002 Heritage paper, Nesterczuk argued on his own for "a streamlined [Homeland Security Department] dispute resolution system, providing for internal agency appeals and reviews and ending with the secretary as final arbiter." Just such a system took shape at DHS and at the Pentagon; both were ruled illegal this year.”

(emphasis added)

The article goes on to say:

”Nesterczuk doesn't apologize for his work at Heritage or his reputation as an ideologue. "It was in that context that [former OPM director] Kay James hired me," Nesterczuk says. "She sought me out. It was because I had a reputation of having strongly held views on, how should we call them, controversial issues."“

Of course he doesn’t apologize for hatching an illegal plan -- he’s a Bush appointee. And in case you missed it, Kay James hired him. Who is Kay James ? I looked her up. And that is what I think you should do if you have the time. Look up the people mentioned in the article. It might just open your eyes as to the people that have been running your government.

Kay James was the dean of the government school at Regent’s University. Regent’s University was founded by Pat Robertson -- he of The 700 Club fame.

The Heritage Foundation ought to ring a few bells for you too.

”The Heritage Foundation's initial funding came from political conservative Joseph Coors, co-owner of the Coors Brewing Company. Funding from Coors was later augmented by financial support from billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife. “

The links ought to keep you busy for awhile.

Don Brown
December 13, 2007

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