Clinton: Nothing Immune From Bush's 'Waste, Fraud, Abuse'

Cronyism flourishes under Iraq, Katrina
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 6, 2008 1:41 PM CDT
In reminding of then-Sen. Harry Truman's money-saving probes, Hillary Clinton writes, "We need the Truman spirit in the White House, where the buck finally stops."   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The Bush White House has wasted billions of taxpayer dollars on corrupt deals and unaccountable contractors, Hillary Clinton writes in the Wall Street Journal. If America is going to regain fiscal stability, it must "increase transparency" and put an end to practices like "rewarding companies that exploit tax shelters" and "giving bonuses to contractors for work never performed."

"There appears to be no crisis, tragedy, or disaster immune from exploitation under the Bush administration," from formaldehyde-tainted trailers in the aftermath of Katrina to sloppy electrical work by Halliburton subsidy KBR in Iraq, writes the New York senator. "When the lives of Americans hang in the balance, we cannot afford to misuse even a single dollar."