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Government Graft, Corruption, and Retaliation in Democrat-Run Virginia

August 17th, 2013 - 1:54 pm

Alexandria Mayor William Euille (D) and the six members of City Council (D,D,D,D,D,D) have been successful in keeping the story out of the news.  They have avoided public scrutiny as to why they are standing by a city employee—McPike—who allowed graft and corruption to occur in city contracting.  Alexandrians, it seems, don’t care much about a lost million here, another million there.

Mayor Bill Euille

Mayor Bill Euille

Moreover McPike has cost the city no less than $51,000 in legal fees to date to defend his abusive conduct.   Amazingly, McPike is still employed by the city and none of the city leadership have spoken out about the mess.

Whistleblowers like Henry Lewis are true friends to those of us who expect open and transparent government.  Whistleblowers tell the taxpayers what is really going on inside government.

But without the backing of the general public, our elected officials will assume that their misdeeds will go unnoticed and unpunished.  That would be a very bad precedent to set at all levels of government.

Mayor Bill Euille (william.euille@alexandriava.gov) probably thinks he is immune from accountability.  America is saddled with hundreds or thousands of other elected Bill Euilles, driving the nation deeper into debt and fostering corruption while hardworking taxpayers suffer.

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Because the Black-run governments are pretty much universally corrupt and are untouchable. Stow your stupid sentimentality about race. The communists, excuse me, Democrats use the race angle to keep us from criticizing the corruption, see, e.g., Comrade Obama.
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This situation is just one aspect of a much larger problem, oversight of the $6T we spend on the government sector. Long before this construction project was started, we should have come up with procedures to build in to verify that such things are not done. For instance, taking pictures and getting GPS positions of where the stuff is supposed to be and giving an automatic 10% of the fine to the whistleblower who spots phantom inventory and reports it.

Telling a story gets people emotionally involved but it's established procedures and automated reports that are going to fix the problem.

www.citizenintelligence.org
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Democrats, especially Black Democrats, are good people.
Good people don't do bad things.
Therefore, the Black Democrats here didn't do bad things.

That's simple enough and everybody, especially every reporter, knows that there is no reason to peek under a Democrat, especially a Black Democrat's, skirt because they never do bad things and you're a racist for thinking they might.

My wife and I had long careers in government. All of mine and most of hers was spent at or a level or two below politically appointed management. We know how things worked and we know where bodies are buried. We also know very well how a couple so situated can live. When I look at the similarly situated couples who live significantly better than we did off government positions, one thing distinguishes those couples: one or both of them has procurement authority or authority over someone who has procurement authority. The gold standard for living well in a government job is to have procurement authority over road building or public facility construction. The silver standard is procurement authority over providing supplies and services to the government. Having the authority to hire people might get your tab picked up or make it easier to get laid but it pales in comparison to being able to decide which vendors and contractors get to put their hooves in the trough and how far.

If you're inside government in a place to see things, you know that Democrat and corrupt are synonyms; everything is pay to play in some form. But with Democrats it isn't all about just reaching in the till. They have a vast network of Democrat front groups and constituent groups that have to be fed, so Democrats with power steer money to their front groups. Departments of Labor, Education, Environment, and Health and Social Services are nothing more than money laundries to funnel money to Democrat front groups and companies and to give sinecures to Democrat activists.

Back in the '90s, the State Office Building in Juneau was starting to look like something out of the former Soviet Union; black mold stains on the exterior walls, moss, grass growing on the decks, so the Democrats in power first decided that any maintenance work done by the State now had to be done under Project Labor Agreements and at Davis-Bacon wages. Then a well-connected political appointee had a relative set up a construction and maintenance company which immediately upon its founding became signatory to the appropriate union contracts. They went through the charade of an RFP but the only question necessary was, "Is the name of your company ___ ?" So, of course, the company fronting for the appointee got the contract. I remember coming in the day the work started on the decks and finding that they had covered all the large windows with plywood to protect them during demolition. Normally, you'd use dunnage or very low-quality plywood, used forms, etc. for that kind of sheeting. But, no, they were using new, first quality, one A side, 3/4" tongue and groove plywood where they should have been using dunnage and I thought to myself, "who's building a new house and planning to use that plywood for subflooring or roof sheeting?"

My boss's boss oversaw wiring the whole government and procurement of all the servers, routers, desktops, the works for setting up the whole government network. He left his government job and went straight to work for the company he funnelled much of that money to, took his IT director with him, and never was heard a discouraging word. That same boss wrote a CYA memo to his boss in the Governor's office about paying off a union for its support by dropping a very important investigation of some of that union's members for improperly claiming residency premium pay. I just happened to acquire a copy of that memo and it just happened to find its way to the Anchorage Daily News. They did write a puff piece saying "bad, bad boys" about it but nothing came of it except the Administration was after me like the hounds of Hell. I'm better at that sort of stuff than they were so they never got me but it wasn't for lack of trying. Other than that one incident, there was never another mention of corruption or bad acts by that Administration in the whole eight years they were in office. Of course, when the Republicans took over afterwards, Governor Murkowski's hand was just coming off The Bible when the ADN first started screeching about corruption.
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In Kentucky we do give the whistleblower a pecentage of the inapproipriate costs that he or she has exposed.
34 weeks ago
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How can you blame McPike? He is just the slave doing the masters bidding which
in this case is the Mayor. Look most all government is "corrupt" and short of executing these fools, there is nothing we can do about it AND THEY know it..sad, but true...
34 weeks ago
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Democrat run Virginia? Republican Governor, AG, and House. I also love how the author fails to mention that the Republican Governor is under criminal investigation.
34 weeks ago
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Yeah - he includes all Virginia, but his article is specifically about the city of Alexandria. Arlington is also very liberal and democrat run. As is most of Northern Virginia. This is why the state have elected obama, web and cain the last couple of elections. And why we can't get rid of Mark Warner.

The problem is Maryland. They tax rainwater and air - literally. So the people escape from the socialist hell they created and move south - which doesn't even affect their commute. They also bring their voting practices with them.
34 weeks ago
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You are correct that Virginia is mostly run by Republicans but they are FAR RIGHT Republicans.
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The are NOT far right republicans. You people have GOT to be insane.

Far right is anarchy - learn your ideology table:

communist-fascist-socialist//centrist//conservative-libertarian-anarchist

Left side is heavy on government involment and the right side diminishes government involvement.
34 weeks ago
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By this chart republicans are true centrists. They annoy everybody.
34 weeks ago
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"They annoy everybody. "

:D

Patriots always do, Miss Lolly! :)
34 weeks ago
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Don't we have a Conservative AG in Virginia and also an Inspector general?

As an adoptive Virginian who loves the Commonwealth I would like to know if any of them are being notified/ getting involved in this.
34 weeks ago
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This is about Alexandria - can they get involved in city politics?
34 weeks ago
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I think they can, but it's like the old story about the mule trainer. "First, you have to get their attention."

This is probably below their radar.
34 weeks ago
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After seeing Eulie's picture there is only response to this calumny. Racist!!!
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Who would expect the WaPo to report on Democrat corruption? Nobody. It would actually have to be a newspaper for that to happen.
34 weeks ago
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It is still useful on fishmonger shops around Good Friday.
34 weeks ago
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Just so you know - nobody reads the WaPo anymore.
34 weeks ago
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"...and seeking pubic input..."

(Resists urge to make bad, puerile joke)

Might want to fix that. :)
34 weeks ago
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No political party has a monopoly on corruption. Whistleblowers endanger themselves and their families when they come forward. A conscience becomes a liability for all involved in a deeply corrupt organization. Proper survival technique would involve securing alternative employment prior to anonymous reports to those who might set things right. Lately, this might have to be done on a park bench in secret.
34 weeks ago
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So, it looks like Edward Snowden is a hero after all. So if the fourth amendment prohibits government conducting "fishing expeditions" without probable cause based on a truthful oath and affirmation before a judge (which Holder has apparently violated on occasion), why should its digital data archiving of everyone by the national security state be allowed just because you waived your right to privacy with a private internet service provider? In other words, why shouldn't E mail be treated the same way as the public snail mail, or is that just another 18th century archaic bias based on misplaced post colonial irrational fears of those European absolutest states before the glorious progressive era? How much do you want to bet the government all ready "knows" the contents of Lois Learner's private E mail and all that off the books IRS skulduggery that the oversight committee is trying to gain access too? In saying that I don't mean to imply the NSA is going to make whistle blowing and acts of terror and future Edward Snowdens a thing of the past. Apparently the total surveillance state, garbage in garbage out, really means the total paralysis of infinite analysis of all those permutations and combinations of stuff that somehow managed to miss Edward Snowden and apparently every terrorist attack since 9/ll.
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Methinks you posted in the wrong column, Don.
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