View Full Version : So Now New Orleans Cant Pump Water - thanks Bush

03-14-2007, 01:55 PM
From the newswires:

The Army Corps of Engineers, rushing to meet President Bush's promise to protect New Orleans by the start of the 2006 hurricane season, installed defective flood-control pumps last year despite warnings from its own expert that the equipment would fail during a storm, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.

The 2006 hurricane season turned out to be mild, and the new pumps were never pressed into action. But the Corps and [MWI,] the politically connected manufacturer of the equipment are still struggling to get the 34 heavy-duty pumps working properly.

The pumps are now being pulled out and overhauled because of excessive vibration, Corps officials said. Other problems have included overheated engines, broken hoses and blown gaskets, according to the documents obtained by the AP.

And guess what the political connection was?

MWI is owned by J. David Eller and his sons. Eller was once a business partner of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in a venture called Bush-El that marketed MWI pumps. And Eller has donated about $128,000 to politicians, the vast majority of it to the Republican Party, since 1996, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

03-14-2007, 02:05 PM
The corruptness of government. Will we ever vote out the corrupt politicians? No, of course not.

03-14-2007, 07:03 PM
Well - I guess Jeb saw his brother (Neil) getting all the money for the required computer software that was installed in all schools after Katrina (remember Barbara coming out and saying she was making a huge donation - it was a donation of software that required maintenance fees to Neals company) - so he figured he better get his cut too