+menu-


  • Category Archives Sweetening the Political Pot
  • More Is Better from A to Z

    The MORE corrupt the state, the MORE numerous the laws.
    Tacitus

    The bottom line
    MORE IS “BETTER” ASK ANY GROUP OF FIVE YEAR OLD’S ON TELEVISION

    ————————————————————-
    MORE INDEED

    WA State 300 “MORE” new laws legislated IN 2013

    MORE National DEBT $17 Trillion
    MORE SWEETENING THE POT
    MORE LEGALIZING THE POT

    MORE DOE APPOINTED DEPT OF ECOLOGY “USE OF WATER” TO CONTROL
    MORE DUNGENESS WATER RULES

    MORE WATER MITIGATION
    MORE “WATER BANKS”
    MORE “WATER” TAKING
    MORE “WATER” USE RESTRICTION
    MORE NON-PROFIT “WATER” RESTORATION
    MORE APPOINTED EPA CLEAN WATER ACT TRICKLE DOWN

    INSPIRED BY THE AUG. 7, 2013 CLALLAM COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING.

    MORE AND MORE AND MORE GOVERNMENT
    MORE FORCED OBAMA GOVERNMENT HEALTH CARE
    MORE GOVERNMENT TAXES
    MORE GOVERNMENT APPOINTED RULES
    MORE GOVERNMENT RESTRICTIONS
    MORE GOVERNMENT OPPRESSION
    MORE GOVERNMENT APPOINTED UNFUNDED MANDATES
    MORE GOVERNMENT DEFENSE
    MORE GOVERNMENT SPY’S IN THE SKY
    MORE GOVERNMENT SURVEILLANCE
    MORE GOVERNMENT COVER-UPS
    MORE GOVERNMENT SCANDALS
    MORE GOVERNMENT INVESTIGATIONS
    MORE GOVERNMENT LIES
    MORE GOVERNMENT PARTISANSHIP

    MORE GOVERNMENT UNION EMPLOYEES
    MORE GOVERNMENT “GOLIATH CONSORTIUM’S”
    MORE GOVERNMENT STUDIES
    MORE “WE’S THAT WANT STILL MORE”

    MORE GOVERNMENT OPPRESSION
    MORE GOVERNMENT TAKING OF OUR LIFE, LIBERTY AND
    PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS
    MORE GOVERNMENT TAKING OF OUR FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS
    MORE GOVERNMENT TAKING OF OUR SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS
    MORE GOVERNMENT TAKING OF OUR RIGHT TO PRIVACY
    MORE GOVERNMENT TAKING OF PRIVATE PROPERTY
    MORE GOVERNMENT TAKING OF OUR PUBLIC ACCESS TO PUBLIC LAND

    MORE GOVERNMENT APPOINTED RULERS
    MORE GOVERNMENT CZARS
    MORE APPOINTED RULES/RULERS ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY FROM A TO Z
    MORE APPOINTED RULES/RULERS WA STATE DEPT. OF ECOLOGY
    FROM A TO Z

    MORE AND MORE AND MORE GOVERNMENT
    MORE GOVERNMENT LOBBYIST

    MORE NON-PROFIT SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS
    MORE GLOBAL CONTROL
    MORE UN AGENDA 21
    MORE WILDING OF AMERICA
    MORE ENDANGERED, THREATENED, SENSITIVE SPECIES

    MORE BANKRUPTCY
    MORE CLOSED BUSINESSES
    MORE FORECLOSURES
    MORE UNEMPLOYMENT
    MORE POVERTY
    MORE HUNGER
    MORE PEOPLE ON FOOD STAMPS
    MORE FOOD BANKS
    MORE DEPRESSION
    MORE SUICIDE
    MORE RIOTING
    MORE TEAR GAS
    MORE POLICE BRUTALITY
    MORE DEATH BY DRONE
    MORE UNFRIENDLY TRIBES
    MORE OFFENSIVE WORDS

    The bottom line
    INDEED
    MORE IS BETTER ASK ANY GROUP OF FIVE YEAR OLD’S ON TELEVISION


  • Mandated by the US Congress

    PROMOTING THE UNITED NATIONS, ICLEI and NGO’S AGENDA
    in the Global Change Research Act of 1990

    INTERNATIONAL UNITED NATIONS Framework Convention on Climate Change
    U.S. Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI)
    WA State Puget Sound Partnership

    The USGCRP began as a GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH presidential initiative in 1989 and was MANDATED by CONGRESS in the Global Change Research Act of 1990 (P.L. 101-606), which called for “a comprehensive and integrated United States research program which will assist the Nation and THE WORLD to understand, assess, predict, and respond to human-induced and natural processes of global change.”
    ——————————————————-
    NASA’s investment in the 13-AGENCY CCSP is 58% of the total amount of the President’s 2009 Budget Request for CCSP.

    Budget In MILLIONS (the only years available on line?)
    2006 $998.8 = $998.8 million
    2007 $1047 million = $1.047 Billion
    2009 $1057 million = $1.057 Billion
    TOTAL BUDGET 1989 – 2012? TRILLIONS?
    ——————————————————-

    The U.S. GLOBAL Change Research Program (USGCRP) coordinates and integrates federal research on changes in THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT and their implications for society.

    13 Federal agencies – US Climate Change Science Program
    www.climatescience.gov › About the Program‎

    INTERNATIONAL CLIMATE ORGANIZATIONS
    • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
    • UNITED NATIONS Framework Convention on Climate Change
    ———————————————————-
    U.S. CLIMATE ORGANIZATIONS
    • (ICLEI) Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI)
    • Climate Solutions
    • Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES, formerly the Pew Center on GLOBAL Climate Change)
    • Georgetown Climate Center
    • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    o Climate Change Master Directory – Discover Earth science data and services
    o GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE – NASA EYES ON THE EARTH
    o Climate Time Machine
    • National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
    • U.S. GLOBAL Change Research Program
    • More federal partners
    —————————————————–

    WASHINGTON STATE
    Integrated Climate Change Response Strategy
    The Legislature and Gov. Chris Gregoire directed state agencies to develop an integrated climate change response strategy to help state, tribal and local governments, public and private organizations, businesses and INDIVIDUALS prepare.

    WA STATE CLIMATE CHANGE PARTNERS http://www.ecy.wa.gov/climatechange/partners.htm
    Climate Change Partners Washington State
    http://www.ecy.wa.gov/climatechange/partners.htm
    • Governor Chris Gregoire
    • University of Washington Climate Impacts Group (CIG)
    • WA Department of Agriculture
    • WA Department of Commerce
    • WA Department of Health
    • WA Department of Fish and Wildlife
    • WA Department of Natural Resources
    • WA State Department of Transportation
    • WA Utilities and Transportation Commission
    • WA Military Department – Emergency Management Division
    • Office of the Insurance Commissioner
    • WSU Extension Energy Program
    • PUGET SOUND PARTNERSHIP
    • Seattle Climate Action Plan

    ————————————————————–

    2013 NASA’s EYES ON THE EARTH
    The U.S. GLOBAL Change Research Program (USGCRP)
    2013 NASA’s EYES ON THE EARTH http://eyes.nasa.gov/earth/
    View recent SPATIAL data for air temperature, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, sea level, ozone, ice and water.
    NASA’s program encompasses all themes of the Strategic Plan for the U.S. Climate Change Science Program.

    http://www.usgcrp.gov/usgcrp/Library/ocp2009/ocp2009-budget-table4.htm
    Table 4. Climate Change Science Program: FY 2007-2009 USGCRP Scientific Research Budget by CCSP Research Element (Discretionary Budget Authority in $M)

    Budget In MILLIONS (the only years available on line?)
    2006 $998.8 = $998.8 million
    2007 $1047 million = $1.047 Billion
    2009 $1057 million = $1.057 Billion
    TOTAL BUDGET 1989 – 2012? TRILLIONS?
    ——————————————————–
    OUR American tax dollars are sent to the top of the federal government.

    OUR APPROPRIATED HARD EARNED tax dollars are COUNTED, SLICED UP, DICED UP, GRANTED, TRICKLED DOWN, SPENT BY AND SQUANDERED AT EVERY LEVEL OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT.

    SQUANDERED, definition, to spend or use something precious in a wasteful and extravagant way.


  • The Crime of no Punishment

    WHO IS INVESTIGATING US LAW? AND THE CRIME OF NO PUNISHMENT?

    The Functions of Congress?
    Investigating the federal cover-ups, abuse of power? ethics? nepotism? corruption? fraud? surveillance programs?

    Overall Mission of the Department of Justice
    www.uiowa.edu/…/Department%20of%20Justice/american_politics_doj….‎

    Nov 28, 2006 – The Department of Justice also has four strategic goals which it …. All of these functions are done in order to protect the civil rights of Americans.

    —————————————————
    (a rephrased, simplified, and shorter version of written material)

    AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL 1892.
    America! America!
    God mend thine every FLAW,
    Confirm thy soul in self-control,
    THY LIBERTY IN LAW!

    America! America!
    God shed his grace on thee
    TILL SELFISH GAIN NO LONGER STAIN
    The banner of the FREE!
    FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA

    My comment is at the end of this email

    —————————————————————-

    House Dem Norm Dicks Steps Aside After FOIA Revelations – Mike …

    finance.townhall.com/columnists/…/2012/03/…norm_dicks…/full‎

    Mar 12, 2012 – Scandals surrounding Norm Dicks are long, and deep. … to compel release of records and files pertaining to the FBI investigation of Congressman Norm Dicks. … If you don’t, the federal money spigot will close to this district.

    —————————————————————–
    Federal Bureau of Investigations Operations and NSA Surveillance …

    www.c-spanvideo.org/event/220321‎

    Federal Bureau of Investigations Operations and NSA Surveillance Programs. Jun 19, 2013. Senate Committee Judiciary. FBI Director Robert Mueller testifies at …

    ——————————————————————
    Rep. Issa Questions FBI Director on Status of Benghazi Investigation …
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouCn-7U0M1o‎

    Jun 13, 2013 – House Judiciary Committee hearing: “Oversight Hearing on the Federal Bureau of Investigation.” June 13, 2013.

    Bret Baier promises ‘more shoes to drop’ on Benghazi investigation …
    twitchy.com/2013/…/bret-baier-promises-more-shoes-to-drop-on-bengha…‎

    Jun 29, 2013 – Bret Baier promises ‘more shoes to drop’ on Benghazi investigation … Marcie Impastato (@im_marcie) June 29, 2013 … behind the YouTube video “Innocence of Muslims,” who was interviewed by phone from federal prison.
    ————————————————————
    Internal Revenue Service News, Photos and Videos – ABC News

    abcnews.go.com › Topics › News › Taxes‎

    Fri, 28 Jun 2013. Friday increased pressure on Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner to break investigation against alleged IRS discrimination against …
    ———————————————————-

    Kyrillos Introduces Resolution Urging Federal Investigation of IRS …

    www.senatenj.com/index.php/…federal-investigation-of-irs…/14109‎
    —————————————————————

    May 30, 2013 – Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) introduced today a Resolution urging an immediate investigation by Congress and the President into the …
    —————————————————————-
    Earmark investigation: Rep. Norm Dicks and Puget Sound …

    articles.washingtonpost.com › Collections‎

    by Kimberly Kindy

    Feb 7, 2012 – Norm Dicks (D-Wash.) became chairman of a congressional subcommittee that gave him the power to secure millions in federal funds to …

    Ethics office ends investigation into Norm Dicks | Political Buzz – The …

    blog.thenewstribune.com › … › Congress & Federal Government‎

    by John Henrikson

    Dec 18, 2009 – The Office of Congressional Ethics has ended its investigation into the relationship between Rep. Norm Dicks and an influential defense …
    ————————————————————-

    · Norm Dicks Under Federal Investigation – Murder Cover-up – Topix

    www.topix.net/forum/city/fircrest-wa/TKAVD812JQKPQVGG8‎

    Mar 2, 2012 – Norm Dicks is a primary conspirator in the cover-up of eight Fort Lewis murders. Federal investigation is in progress. http://www.dancollins888.
    ————————————————————
    FARK.com: (2833786) Alaska “Bridge to Nowhere” senator Ted …

    www.fark.com/…/Alaska-Bridge-to-Nowhere-senator-Ted-Stevens-under…‎

    Alaska “Bridge to Nowhere” senator Ted Stevens under investigation by FBI … “While I understand the public’s interest in the ongoing federal investigation, it has …
    ——————————————————–
    Ron Paul endorses Congressman “Bridge to Nowhere” « Crush …

    crushliberalism.com/…/ron-paul-endorses-congressman-bridge-to-nowhe…‎

    Aug 26, 2008 – Ron Paul endorses Congressman “Bridge to Nowhere” … to Nowhere” pork proposal in Alaska, and is currently under federal investigation.
    ————————————————————
    Alaska’s Young, Stevens Face Inquiry – WSJ.com

    online.wsj.com/article/SB118531999682776863.html‎

    Jul 25, 2007 – He is perhaps best known as the architect of the “bridge to nowhere,” a … of a federal investigation of corruption in the Alaska state legislature.
    —————————————————————
    Don Young: No stranger to controversy – Washington Post

    www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/…/don-young-no-stranger-to-scandal/‎

    Mar 29, 2013 – … Young was publicly shamed for backing a “Bridge to Nowhere” — a … that Young was under federal investigation for his ties to the oil and …
    —————————————————————-
    Federal Investigation into Manchin’s Administration Heats Up at …

    www.nrsc.org/…/federal-investigation-into-manchin’s-administration-hea…‎

    Federal Investigation into Manchin’s Administration Heats Up at Inopportune Time … Joe Manchin, who built his own bridge to nowhere over the Shenandoah …
    ———————————————————-

    · SparkNotes: Congress: The Functions of Congress

    www.sparknotes.com › … › Congress‎

    Committees regularly hold hearings and launch investigations to check for … to nowhere, a bridge in a remote part of Alaska (to be built with federal money) that …
    ———————————————————-
    Under Investigation | CREW | Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics …

    www.citizensforethics.org/underinvestigation‎

    CREW has compiled a list of Congress members likely under investigation by the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the …
    —————————————————————
    Category:Members of Congress under investigation – SourceWatch

    www.sourcewatch.org/…/Category:Members_of_Congress_under_investi…‎

    Feb 19, 2009 – 4 Former investigations regarding members of Congress … Bob Menendez is under federal investigation by the U.S. attorney’s office in Newark, …
    ————————————————————–
    Members of Congress under investigation – OpenCongress Wiki

    www.opencongress.org/wiki/Members_of_Congress_under_investigation‎

    Nov 4, 2009 – 4 Past investigations into members of Congress … Bob Menendez is under federal investigation by the U.S. attorney’s office in Newark, N.J. …
    ————————————————————
    ‎Senators – ‎Representatives – ‎Former members of Congress

    · 15 Members of Congress Demand Investigation of Obama’s Ammo …

    www.infowars.com/congressman-dhs-bullet-buys-aimed-at-restricting-a…‎

    Mar 22, 2013 – 15 Members of Congress Demand Investigation of Obama’s Ammo … of Homeland Security demanding to know why the federal agency is …
    ———————————————————————-
    18 USC § 351 – Congressional, Cabinet, and Supreme Court …

    www.law.cornell.edu › USC › Title 18 › Part I › Chapter 18‎

    3466, provided that: “The Federal Bureau of Investigation shall provide a written report to a Member of Congress on any investigation conducted based on a …

    ———————————————————————–

    MY COMMENT AND QUESTIONS

    WHEN SHOULD CONGRESS AND THE JUSTICE DEPT INVESTIGATE the federal cover-ups? abuse of power? ethics? nepotism? corruption? fraud? surveillance programs?

    1. WHEN THEY VIOLATE THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF AMERICAN CITIZENS?

    2. WHEN CAREER POLITICIANS and THEIR POLITICAL AMBITION, GREED AND DECEIT, DENIES PROSPERITY, LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE?

    3.WHEN CAREER POLITICIANS PROFIT FROM NEPOTISM? favoritism shown by somebody in power to relatives and friends, especially in appointing them to good positions

    4.WHEN CONTRIBUTIONS FROM PAID LOBBYISTS, SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS AND UN-REPORTED LOBBYING BY GOVERNMENT UNION EMPLOYEE S AFFECT ELECTION OUTCOMES.

    5. WHEN THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WANTS UNION CONTRACTS?
    AND APPOINTED FEDERAL/GOVERNMENT AGENCIES GIVE UNIONS CONTRACTS?

    6. WHEN APPOINTED AGENCIES MANDATE UNFUNDED RULES AND
    TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION
    IS CALLED BY ANY OTHER NAME. RESTORATION, TOLLS, FEES, MITIGATION, PERMITS, LICENSING?

    7. WHEN THE LEGAL DEFINITION OF TORTURE IS CHANGED TO PUNISHMENT

    8. WHEN APPOINTED AGENCIES PRACTICE SUE AND SETTLE WITH SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS?

    9. WHEN DEFENSE BUDGET IS $745.2 BILLION AND FOREIGN AIDE IS $37 BILLION?

    10. WHEN WOUNDED WARRIOR’S IS NOT FUNDED BY THE USA AND THE PROJECT IS LEFT TO CHARITY?

    WHEN SHOULD CONGRESS AND THE JUSTICE DEPT INVESTIGATE the federal cover-ups? abuse of power? ethics? nepotism? corruption? fraud? surveillance programs?

    US LAW? AND THE CRIME OF NO PUNISHMENT?

    IF YOU DO THE CRIME WHY ARE YOU ENTITLED TO RETIREMENT OR PROMOTION?

    YOU DECIDE.


  • Sweetening the Political Pot

    FOR THE WE’S WHO WANT STILL MORE
    Leaves a BITTER MONETARY IMPACT ON taxpayers
    —————————————————————–

    SWEETEN THE POT by definition and AS USED in politics?

    http://thesaurus.com/browse/sweeten+the+pot
    BY DEFINITION
    Main Entry: BRIBE  [brahyb] Show IPA
    Part of Speech: verb
    Definition: request silence, action, or inaction for money
    Synonyms: approach, buy, buy back, buy off, coax, corrupt, do business, entice, fix*, get at, get to, grease palm, influence, instigate, lubricate, lure, make a deal, oil palm, pay off, pervert, reward, seduce, soap, square, suborn, sugar, SWEETEN THE POT , take care of, tamper, tempt, tip
    ————————————————————————–

    Main Entry: recompense

    Part of Speech: verb
    Definition: PAYBACK RESTITUTION
    Synonyms: ante up, atone, atone for, balance, comp, compensate, cough up, counterbalance, counterpoise, countervail, do business, equalize, expiate, fix, give satisfaction, grease, indemnify, make amends, make good, make up for, offset, overcompensate, pay, pay for, propitiate, put out, reciprocate, recoup, recover, redress, reimburse, remunerate, repay, requite, retaliate, retrieve, return, reward, satisfy, spring for, square*, SWEETEN THE POT , swing for, take care of
    ——————————————————————————–

    Main Entry: buy off

    Part of Speech: verb
    Definition: BRIBE SOMEONE IN ORDER TO RECEIVE A FAVOR
    Synonyms: bribe, do business, get to, grease palm, influence, lubricate, make a deal, pay off, SWEETEN THE POT , tamper

    ——————————————————————————————–
    AS QUOTED AND USED IN POLITICS

    President Obama quietly signs Pro-Union Executive Order

    Unionizing Workers Hope to FORCE Management to SWEETEN THE POT
    www.philadelphiaweekly.com/…/SugarHouse-Casino-Unionizing-worker…‎
    Aug 5, 2011 – SugarHouse Casino: Unionizing Workers Hope to Force Management to SWEETEN THE POT. By Eric Augenbraun. Add Comment | Comments: 0 …

    ———————————————————————————
    • GOP Senators Block jobs initiative bill – Political Debate – Page 2 …
    community.babycenter.com/…/gop_senators_block_jobs_initiative_bill?…‎
    … the democrats “SWEETENING THE POT” for them by PIGGY-BACKING some specials for … Why can’t our congress just put aside re-election and political show-boating, … to it that WERE TOTALLY UNRELATED see my source article below, and the quote:.

    ——————————————————————————————-
    • Is Immigration Reform The Logic Behind Lindsey Graham’s 14th …
    thinkprogress.org/security/…/immigration-reform-birthright-citizenship/‎
    Aug 26, 2010 – It’s unclear that “SWEETENING THE POT” by changing the Constitution … However, if his current 14th amendment politics are any indication, the …
    —————————————————————————————–
    • Star-Ledger – Blue Jersey – New Jersey progressive politics and news
    www.bluejersey.com/tag/Star-Ledger‎
    May 4, 2013 – We could not find that quote in Nexis, the newspaper database, but we …. SWEETENING THE POT, Graham promises the opportunity “to be an …
    —————————————————————————————–
    Sweetening the Pot: How American Sugar Buys Protection
    econ.duke.edu/Papers/Other/Tower/sweet.pdf‎
    by O Gokcekus – 2003 – Cited by 4 – Related articles
    May 4, 2003 – SWEETENING THE POT: … “When economics collide with politics in the halls of Congress, …. We quote their statement of their major findings.
    ——————————————————————————————
    THE SWEETEST PART OF HISTORICALLY SWEETENING THE POT
    (NO PUN INTENDED)

    How American SUGAR Buys Protection

    SUGAR INTEREST GROUPS’ CONTRIBUTIONS

    “The industry makes so much money through federal price supports that it can afford to
    spend a lot to win political influence in Washington … JUST PLAIN AND SIMPLE, IT’S MONEY to a small group of growers. When you are getting that kind of money, you can work hard to preserve it. What they are doing is protecting money, protecting wealth, and protecting higher incomes.”
    A Capitol Hill SUGAR Expert, 1998

    In particular, we analyze the premium attached to power and willingness of Senators to maintain protectionist SUGAR policies,
    We examine SUGAR industry contributions to the reelection campaigns of U.S. Senators for the last 14 years.
    We attempt to shed light on the relationship between SUGAR industry contributions and
    incumbent Senators’ attributes

    The U.S. General Accounting Office (2002) estimated that the SUGAR program cost consumers about $1.5 billion in 1996 and about $1.9 billion in 1998. As Groombridge (2001, p. 1) has written: “nowhere is there a larger gap between the U.S. government’s free trade rhetoric and its protectionist practices than in the SUGAR program.”

    Soft money contributions are described as the main vehicle for wealthy individuals, corporations, and labor unions to deliver millions of dollars to political parties without regard for the limits and other requirements of the law
    ———————————————————————————

    REPEATED FOR EMPHASIS
    President Obama quietly signs Pro-Union Executive Order

    FactCheck.org : Infrastructure Jobs for Union Workers Only?
    www.factcheck.org › Ask FactCheck‎… requiring” union labor for “large-scale” government contracts. … 6, Obama issued Executive Order 13502 that encourages federal …
    As for RNC Chair Michael Steele’s allegation that the order constitutes “PAYBACK” for the UNIONS who supported Obama’s campaign,

    Well, we don’t have any way to know Obama’s motives. , but it’s reasonable to say that “encouragement” from the president is likely to carry considerable weight with FEDERAL AGENCIES.
    ———————————————————————–
    FULL ANSWER
    FactCheck.org : Infrastructure Jobs for Union Workers Only?
    www.factcheck.org › Ask FactCheck‎
    Feb 26, 2009 – Q: Did Obama require that all infrastructure jobs in the stimulus bill go to union workers? … requiring” union labor for “large-scale” government contracts. … 6, Obama issued Executive Order 13502 that encourages federal …

    It’s not often that we receive chain e-mails that actually check out, but this one, while exaggerated, is largely right. On Feb. 6, Obama issued Executive Order 13502 that encourages federal agencies to “consider requiring the use of project labor agreements in connection with large-scale construction projects in order to promote economy and efficiency in Federal procurement.” A project labor agreement requires contractors and subcontractors to pay union wages and to recognize collective bargaining agreements. The order “does not require” project labor agreements, but it’s reasonable to say that “encouragement” from the president is likely to carry considerable weight with federal agencies.