During 2007 and 2008, the Department of Defense gave $80 million in bonuses to Kellogg-Brown-Root -- a former subsidiary of Dick Cheney's old employer, Halliburton -- for electrical wiring contracts in Iraq. They must have done a great job to earn all that money, right? Well, not exactly -- the Senate found last week that at least 18 U.S. soldiers have died of electrocution in Iraq since 2003, including a decorated Green Beret who got fried taking a shower. So pretend you're Brit Hume and you don't think 18 deaths is all that impressive a number. Well, the Army hired a master electrician to review electrical work in Iraq during 2008, and he said he found bad wiring in "every" one of the thousands of buildings KBR wired in Iraq. KBR even rewired buildings with previously safe wiring and, guess what, made those buildings unsafe. It's a wonder more of our soldiers haven't died due to the negligence of Tha Bush Mobb's crony corporations. And, remember, they got $80 million in bonuses for screwing up! Last I looked, conservatism was not about rewarding bad work that kills people. CREDO helps you petition Secretary Gates to rescind the bonuses, initiate a criminal investigation, and suspend contracts with KBR or any Halliburton-related entities. It won't bring our dead loved ones back, but it'll save others.
Meanwhile, Gov. Jim Gibbons, Republican of Nevada, has refused to meet with President Obama during the latter's visit to Nevada because, get this, he's offended that Mr. Obama told corporations they couldn't "go take a trip to Las Vegas or go down to the Super Bowl on the taxpayer’s dime." Mr. Gibbons says Nevada has lost $100 million in convention and meeting-related revenue since Mr. Obama's remarks. He can't be serious, can he? He must realize that the recession-if-not-a-depression more likely causes folks to cancel their conventions in Sin City? No, he does not -- he blames Mr. Obama's criticisms of the unjustly rich who are living off taxpayer money, not the bad economic times, for the woes of his state. Why he thinks this is a winning strategy for his 2010 re-election run is beyond me. When are Republicans going to stop acting like little whiny brats? When they're down to 8 governorships and 12 Senate seats?