It's a farce, it stinks of politics and big special interests. - Dewey Swank of Kalispell's Swank Enterprises.
Swank is referring to the way Obama's Stimulus Bill is squeezing out national, local and regional businesses in favor of special interest and very large multinational corporations for Stimulus dollars.
Remember how the Stimulus was supposed to create local jobs?
Montana's Billings Gazette has one plain talking, calling it as it is report on Stimulus funds being given to special interests and large multinational corporations. Literally local and smaller firms are squeezed out. They cannot even get in to bid. No wonder our taxpayer money is going offshore to create jobs in.....India and China.
Across the nation, local firms can expect to lose billions of economic stimulus dollars to large multinational corporations, thanks to a government contracting scheme that puts paperwork speed ahead of community recovery.
The government is using a controversial contracting method that speeds bidding but also tilts the playing field in favor of mega-companies. It's called IDIQ contracting, which is shorthand for "indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity," and it's essentially an all-you-can-eat money buffet for big corporations.
An IDIQ is a broad and open-ended agreement, in which the government essentially creates a sort of long-term, all-purpose contract under which specific tasks can later be defined. The scheme moves projects quickly, which is a priority for economic stimulus jobs, but critics argue it's anticompetitive, because only a handful of large firms can afford to engage on such undefined and unrestricted terms.
In Montana, where about $78 million is earmarked for border-station construction, that means Swank and CTA are out, while Parsons Corp., from Pasadena, Calif., is in.
The government is blowing off America's local, regional and small businesses claiming that these contract awards are about speed. Are these people kidding me? Paperwork? The Obama administration cannot create a few jobs to help small business with the paper work and speed up the process in order to get funds where they promised?
Who are they kidding? The only speed advantage multinational corporations have, who already proved to fail, fail and fail on results, is how fast they can funnel those funds offshore, rip off the tax payer and not hire Americans to do the work.