From the "Yipes" Department
Thanks to the ever-vigilant eyes of Nell Minow, she sent me a copy of the following communication from Citizen.org, the watchdog group. In some ways, it's a sort of companion piece to the political story we had yesterday about the unintended revelation of authorship by the chemical lobby for a toxic chemistry bill, which I noted was somewhat funny, depending on your definition of "funny.
This is what is known in trade circles as a Double Yipes!!!
The first "Yipes" is the whole point behind sending this communication -- concept of making complaints disappear by not allowing comments. On the one hand, you'd think that probably the best way to make complaints go away is by providing actually great service and products. On the other hand, you have to admit that not allowing comments is pretty darn effective.
One would think that for federal contracts, the ability to make public comments would be, like, the basic consideration of getting the contract. But hey, that's me...
But further than that, the second is is...wait, that is actually the current policy??? That a federal contractor can just set up two divisions within their company and actually claim it’s a different company?!! Seriously??? No, I mean, seriously?!!! That's almost like punching someone with your left hand and claiming you're not responsible because you're really right-handed.
This isn't robbing Peter to pay Paul -- this is robbing Peter and Paul, and claiming that no one was robbed because you put the money in a box outside your house, and the box isn't yours but was just sitting there.
In what rational universe is this acceptable? In what rational universe is any of this acceptable?
If anyone disagrees with me here, don't bother leaving a complaint, because I've disabled comments.
Okay, no, I didn't. But that's okay -- because I'm writing this from my dad's home, so I'm not responsible for the content. Take your complaints up with him. Though he doesn't own the place, so he's not responsible.
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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