Friday, September 01, 2006

Big Spender Justifies Big Spending (Sometimes)

Mayor Bloomberg defended paying 17 million in no-bid contracts, as reported by the Daily News last week:

Bloomberg noted that all no-bid contracts are published online and in the city record before they're awarded.

Are you familiar with Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy? That's reminiscent of the argument the Vogons used before they blew up the earth to make way for an intergalactic bypass. But that isn't nearly the most interesting of the mayor's arguments:

"Think about where you work if they put up a competitive bid for every job. Just getting the lowest person who's willing to work at the lowest price doesn't get you what you want."

It's odd, then, that the Mayor has steadfastly inisisted on paying teachers the lowest wage in the area. Why do you suppose that is?

Thanks to Schoolgal
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