|"It is so true. Funny... I watch Boardwalk Empire and 'Treme on HBO and what I take away from those two shows is the big money is from getting government to send tax dollars to your town for "disaster relief" or "building roads" or whatever... so you can siphon off more than actually goes to helping people"|
Thats the absolute truth. I live in a suburb of New Orleans where the storm eyewall hit, and the best connected guy in town got a federal contract worth about $15 M putting blue tarps on damaged roofs. He subbed out the contract, pocketed about $14.5 M, and moved on to the next contract.
Bought a piece of property in our town, held it 45 minutes, then sold it to the Sherriffs department for a $750K profit.
His last deal that made local news was a fraudulent deal to rent helicopters for the BP cleanup--- he got caught this time, and may have to rake a few leaves in a federal prison (his words, not mine).
This stuff goes on all the time...with OUR money!!!