The Private Sector
Perhaps one of the most loathsome disasters left to us by Dick Cheney (and there are a lot of them) is the elevation of the criminally incompetent Halliburton he once led to the cash-soaked tippy-top of the Military Industrial Complex. Flush with no-bid contracts even before the bonanza of the Iraq War Cheney so coveted, Halliburton is a perfect example of privatization run amok.
Here in Oregon, Halliburton is busily spending its hard-stolen taxpayer funds to escape accountability for knowingly poisoning troops with chromium hexavalent, that is the ones they didn’t electrocute in the showers or lock in a storage container after being gang-raped. When your company shares responsibility for these atrocities, as well as the Deepwater Horizon “incident,” what do you do for an encore? Turns out, you toss nuclear waste out the window of your shiny black SUV while speeding across the Texas desert. (h/t Raw Story):
Texans can breathe easier: the radioactive waste Halliburton fracking surveyors lost last month has finally been found.
The United Arab Emirates-based oil services company told reporters this weekend that an oilfield worker found the rod of americium-241/beryllium alongside a highway near Pecos, Texas.
Halliburton reported it missing on September 11, and members of the Texas National Guard were ultimately called up to aid their search. Halliburton said it even deployed vehicles fitted with radiation detection equipment, but found nothing on three sweeps of the area.
Oops. I guess they thought that cylindrical, glowing thing rolling around on the floor was a just another beer can. At what point do stories like these finally puncture the myth that the fabled “private sector” is so wonderful? Companies like Halliburton (or JPMorgan, Citibank, Boeing, AT&T, etc, for that matter) have about as much relationship to the “Free Market” as chicken shit has to chicken salad. Not a one of them could exist for fifteen minutes without government largesse and/or well-protected immunity from competition.