In his 2012 State of the Union Address, President Obama told Congress that one of the American values that must be reclaimed is “an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, and everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules.”
In an editorial commenting on that speech, the editorial board of the Washington Post wrote:
For three years, [President Obama] and his political allies have been
undermining this vision. They see government as a means of rewarding
their friends and punishing their enemies. For the Obama circle, rules
apply only to other people.
What the editorial board was discussing, for example, was how $20.5B in Energy Department loans went to “green” energy firms headed by the President’s top donors.
So what? That's politics, isn’t it? Funnelling contracts to cronies happens all of the time. Democrats do it. Republicans do it.
Of greater significance to The Motley Monk was how then-candidate Barack Obama promised during the 2008 presidential campaign that he would “end the abuse of no-bid contracts once and for all.”
That was quite a lofty, principled, and laudable ethical position. But, that was then and this is now.
On Saturday, The Daily Caller revealed that Michelle Obama’s Princeton classmate, Toni Townes-Whitley, is a Senior Vice President at CGI Federal. This is the firm which won the no-bid contract to build the $678M Obamacare enrollment website at Healthcare.gov. CGI Federal is the U.S. arm of the Canadian company, CGI Group.
According to a FoxNews report, CGI Group is the company whose performance was called into question when the firm was hired to design and execute a $46.2M diabetes registry for eHealth Ontario, part of the Canadian government health care system. That contract was canceled in September 2012 after a series of delays rendered the system obsolete.
If that’s not enough, the CGI Group’s President for the U.S. and Canada, CGI Federal’s parent company, became a donor to the President’s re-election campaign after his company won the Obamacare website contract. While CGI was one of 16 companies the the Bush administration had previously qualified to provide certain tech services to the federal government, the Department of Health and Human Services only reviewed CGI’s bid for the Obamacare account even though four other companies had submitted bids.
It’s one thing to practice crony capitalism. But, it’s quite a different thing to do so while decrying it. That’s called hypocrisy, even if it’s the First Lady’s crony capitalist friends.
Let the discussion begin...
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