The biggest flaw in the theory of government is that it requires the appointment of men to govern. In order to govern, the men need power. In theory, we pay them a salary and naively place our trust in them to accept their salary as full payment for their services and ignore the obvious means of enhancing their family's wealth by using their power to funnel additional money their way. The easiest way to do this is to rig the contract procurement system. Not only is it easy to do, but you can just lay there and take it, and let the community businessmen give it to you. You don't even have to lift a finger to start the process.
Although it is always nice to insist on a kickback before signing any no-bid contract, those contracts don't have much money involved, and the kickback is hardly enough to make it rain at the local titty bar. The real money is made on the huge government contracts supposedly immune from shenanigans due to public announcements and public bidding as required by local ordinances and regulations. The first thing you do is make the regulations so complex that newbies and outsiders won't be able to fill out all the forms properly. Better yet, make the forms endless and totally ambiguous in what they are asking for, so that you are the sole arbiter of which potential contractors have submitted proper bids.
Next, set up departments you control to investigate things like the ability of a potential bidder to actually perform the terms of the contract. This is a hurdle a lot of established businesses might easily leap, but any start-ups will only be able to show speculative abilities, and their applications can then be tossed in the garbage, an act that will greatly please the established bidders who have passed you thick envelopes of cash in the past.
Better yet, create departments to vet the bidders on a social justice scale. Are they committed to diversity? To protecting the environment? Are they unionized? This will give you nearly total control over the evaluation of bidders, as much of this sort of analysis is totally subjective.
You can maintain the illusion that the $250 Million public contract was let only after competitive bidding, but you can limit the number of bidders to only those willing to pay you off so that your subjective evaluations come down in favor of them as a bidder.
This process can work for many years. Most of the time it is never prosecuted. But it eventually becomes public knowledge. Too many people eventually get the message that it is pay to play, and one finally gets pissed off enough about paying money and losing the bid to another bidder with more available cash to spread around to go to the Feds and bitch about it.
Nobody ever feels their salary actually compensates them for what they go through at work. A little side-hustle fixes that feeling. If you had smaller, less powerful government and larger, more powerful corporations doing everything the smaller government no longer did, you'd still be getting regularly ***-raped, but by corporate dept. heads rather than gov. department heads.
San Francisco's Director of Public Works was arrested on Monday by the FBI over a series of suspected pay-to-play schemes, according to the San Francisco Examiner.
Mohammed Nuru, 57, was charged alongside San Francisco businessman Nick Bovis are alleged to have engaged in "corruption, bribery, and side deals by one of San Francisco’s highest-ranking public employees. San Francisco has been betrayed as alleged in the complaint," according to a 75-page complaint unsealed this week.
"The complaint alleges corruption pouring into San Francisco from around the world," said US Attorney for the Northern District of California, David Anderson, who added that the complaint alleges "corruption, bribery and side deals from one of San Francisco’s highest-ranking public employees."
Nuru faces 20 years in prison if convicted on all counts - including an additional five years because he lied to the FBI about not keeping quiet about the investigation as originally agreed upon when he was arrested January 21st.Thank you to Nick Bovis for his leadership & all he does for the children of the Bay Area& beyond w/@LODKids pic.twitter.com/xFPbE6MpGi— Mohammed Nuru (@MrCleanSF) December 24, 2013
The alleged actions took place in 2018 and 2019 and were documented during a long-running and broad investigation involving undercover agents, informants, and extensive wire-taps. Other figures Bovis or Nuru interacted with are described obliquely in the complaint. Anderson said he’s certain individuals will recognize themselves and encouraged them to come forward.(Read about the schemes in detail here)
“They have an opportunity to do the right thing — for San Francisco and all of us,” he said. “If they are inclined to do the right thing, they should … run to the FBI offices and disclose what they know. Or we’ll do it the other way.”
Bovis, Nuru’s partner in several of “five schemes” outlined today, is facing 20 years in prison. Both are free on $2 million bonds and will next appear in court on Feb. 6.
Anderson and FBI special agent in charge Jack Bennett outlined “five schemes.” The charges stem from the first and the four others are “charged to show state of mind.”
They are: 1. The Airport Scheme; 2. The Multimillion-Dollar Mixed-Use Development Scheme; 3. The Transbay Transit Center Scheme; 4. The Bathroom Trailer and Homeless Shelter Scheme; 5. The Vacation Home Scheme. -Mission Local