25 March 2006

Mrs. Bush wanted to do something specifically for education and specifically for the thousands of students flooding into the Houston schools

An episode in Bush clan philanthropy.
Former first lady Barbara Bush gave relief money to a hurricane relief fund on the condition that it be spent to buy educational software from her son Neil's company.

The chief of staff of former President George H.W. Bush would not disclose the amount earmarked for purchases from Ignite Learning.

Since Barbara Bush's gift, the Ignite Learning program has been given to eight public schools with high numbers of Hurricane Katrina evacuees, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Just another audacious example of greed.

Of course, Mrs. Bush did say those people displaced by Katrina were better off anyways


So hurricane victims get free educational software. Nice.
Software, of dubious quality and of questionable value (questionable on the basis of it no doubt, just like the plethora of other educational software sold by companies other than a Bush child, a wasteful and unneeded purchase) and a tax deduction for what amounts to revenue input to a family member.

All in the name of a "charitable contribution"…
Isn’t this also how the Mafia operates?
The charitable contribution probably gets eliminated by AMT for Bushes. In the meantime, the victims of the hurricane can take advantage of the software to possibly improve their lives. And its free. Can this be anything but compassionate? Gift horse in the mouth time gentlemen?
Effectively, she did.
Giving money to somebody to buy your product isn't charity. It's market penetration and advertisment. You shouldn't run around and tell people its charity. Do it, but tell it like it is and stop spinning bullshit.


President Bush's uncle, William H.T. Bush, profits $2.7 million from stock options and the sale of his war-profiteering company, Engineered Support Systems Inc., which was awarded contracts on a no-bid basis. ESSI delivers faulty generators to the war effort, which results in a stop order from the government. News of the stop order is withheld from stockholders for seven months, during which time William Bush sells off $450,000 of stock. Why isn't this on Page 1?

I think the Bush clan is just plain evil and will be viewed by history as a dynasty of pure corruption
"Giving money to somebody to buy your product isn't charity."

I think perhaps if they just gave the dang software to begin with ((along with a monetary contribution)) that would have been a better way of being charitable..

wonder how things would be if we could stipulate what our government could spend our taxes on and what they couldn't?
Not to mention the donation only covered half the cost of the software. So the "donation" netted them double their money back at the cost of the school district, and in turn taxpayers.

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