Tuesday, November 11, 2003

Thank the Bureaucrats?

David Brooks says there’s no reason to suspect any sweetheart deals in the Halliburton-in-Iraq contracts because the federal procurement system is so wrapped up in bureaucratic procedure and protocol that no hanky-panky could happen.

Wait a minute…I thought the Republicans’ biggest goal – their raison d’etre, as it were – was to eliminiate such cumbersome bureaucracy and make it easier for privitization. Now he’s saying that the byzantine system run by nameless bureaucrats who live to make life complicated is a good thing; Halliburton and its subsidiaries got their contracts through the long and therefore legitimate bidding process, and that the Democrats who are questioning the deals are just cynical poopy-heads looking for a soundbite.

Sounds to me like Brooks is a sucker for a $400 toilet seat.