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Feds Spend $120K for Boat Covers

A news article released on October 9th, 2010 was recently posted on the Internet with the headline “Federal Contracts Awarded by Federal Agencies in Ohio”. In the report are listed various dollar amounts awarded to contractors who have submitted bids to federal agencies for various services, products or a combination of both. One that clearly sticks out is the contract awarded to Shield Technologies, based out of Minneapolis, MN. Awarded by the Defense Logistics Agency’s Defense Supply Center, Columbus, Ohio, is $120,000 for the procurement of boat covers.

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Apparently our government has no problem with continually awarding large sums of money to defense contract companies for items that could be purchased for far less money. It is a well-known fact that our country is and has been in debt since the birth of the United States of America, in 1776. Back then, the debt ran at approximately $75 million, which included everything spent on the revolutionary war. Now our national debt is well over $13 trillion. Considering that we have never fully recovered from debt since day one, how can it be deemed “okay” to proceed with excessive government spending, especially on items that can be easily purchased for less money than is awarded?

Bestseller No. 1
MSC Heavy Duty 600D Marine Grade Polyester Canvas Trailerable Waterproof Boat Cover (Pacific Blue, Model C - Length:16'-18.5' Beam Width: up to 94")
  • Made of marine grade polyester canvas with double PU Coating
  • Designed for both long-term storage, mooring and highway travel
  • Includes adjustable straps and storage bag; 2 Year limited warranty
  • Recommend use boat cover support pole system
  • Model C - Length:16'-18.5' Beam width: up to 94"
Bestseller No. 2
Seamander Trailerable Runabout Boat Cover Fit V-Hull Tri-Hull Fishing Ski Pro-Style Bass Boats, Full Size (Forest Green, 17'-19'L Beam Width up to 96")
  • Strap: Integrated strap system for easy fitting and superior trailerability
  • Properties: All-weather boat cover protection for challenging marine environments
  • Included: adjustable straps,mesh storage bag,2 year limit warranty since from purchasing date
  • ※Note:Model A and Model B which beam width is fit for your boat
  • ※Tips for size selection : Move up to the next size if your measurement falls on maximum lenght
SaleBestseller No. 3
Classic Accessories StormPro Heavy Duty Center Console Boat Cover, For 20'-22' Long, Up to 106" Beam Width
  • For center console style boats without roofs 20'-22' long, up to 106 inch beam width
  • Heavy-duty 600D boat cover designed for both long-term storage and highway travel
  • Integrated buckle and strap System for easy fitting and trailering, adjustable straps snap into quick-release buckles on the cover
  • Includes stuff sack storage bag, cover support pole to prevent water pooling, and trailering straps
  • Five-year limited Warranty
Bestseller No. 4
PrimeShield Heavy Duty Boat Cover 600D Waterproof for V-Hull Runabouts 16' - 18.5' Length up to 98" Width Grey
  • Waterproof boat cover protects watercraft 16-18.5 feet long and up to 98 inch wide. Fits V-Hull, Runabouts, Outboards, and many others
  • Made of a 600D polyester fabric with waterproof PU coating. Protect your boat from dust, rain and snow, cold-resistant down to -68 Fahrenheit
  • Elastic hem cord gives a snug fit around your whole boat and the integrated strap and buckle system ensures a secure fit when transporting on a trailer, storage bag included
  • Double-stitched interlock seam for extra durability. Will not shrink or stretch, designed for long-term storage and mooring
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SaleBestseller No. 5
Anglink Waterproof Boat Cover, Heavy Duty 600D Polyester Oxford Professional Bass Runabout Boat Cover, Durable and Tear Proof, All Weather Outdoor Protection Fits 17-19 feet V-Hull, Tri-Hull
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  • SUPER WATERPROOF PERFORMANCE: Owing to the superior 600x600D oxford and our special textile process, Anglink boat cover can withstand up to 2000 Pa water pressure ( Most competitors only 700-800 Pa). In addition, the inner layer also adds the double waterproof PU Coating and the seams come with the waterproof strip, all of which completely resolve the issue of water seepage of other similar products. Your boat will perfectly keep dry even during a heavy rainstorm or snowstorm
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  • SECURE LOCK WAY: Anglink boat cover was equipped with 11 pcs adjustable straps (made of high-density material) and high strength quick-release windproof buckles which allow you to conveniently lock the cover with your boat and prevent it from being blown away. Elastic cord around the bottom hem ensures a tight fit to provide your boat with 360 degrees of all-around protection, perfect for both trailering and outdoor storage. Free mesh storage bag is included
  • 100% NO RISK PURCHASE: Customer first and quality matters. We are confident about the quality of our products. 3 YEAR MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY - Buy risk free as we always stand by our products. If you have any problem or question, simply contact our customer service team and you will receive unmatched personal assistance. In order to choose the right size cover, advise you to measure your boat firstly
SaleBestseller No. 6
Classic Accessories StormPro Boat Cover (Grey, 16'-18.5'L)
  • High Strength polyester StormPro Marine Canvas designed for extra durability and all weather protection, won't shrink or stretch, Fabric coating technology and heavy-duty fabric for maximum water resistance and repellency
  • Support pole included to prevent water from pooling and help preserve the cover
  • Full cut to allow extra room for accessories such as bow rails, running lights, etc
  • Fits Fish, Ski, and Pro style Bass boats 16 feet to 18.5 feet L, beam to 98 inch W
  • Storage bag and trailering straps included

Our government can tell us, till it is blue in the face, that every penny spent on federal contracts has been approved and voted for by the American people. Yet continually, local poles show that at least 94% of all contracts awarded for government spending are rarely made public. In fact, when government spending is made public, it is mentioned as if it is merely “business as usual“ and not significant. While there are still people starving in our country, some who are out of jobs and many who are living on the street, there is simply no justification for over inflated spending, period. Indeed, most government contractors who have been awarded government spending contracts have literally been granted hundreds of awards and have made millions of dollars from like contracts. What harm would it do if we, the people, were to say “No!” to excessive government spending?

Since awarding government contracts seems to indicate there are needs for boating supplies, one of the first things to consider is what could be spent on boat covers, if needed. The average boat cover costs about $50 when bought in bulk, and dividing that number into $120,000 gives us a result of 2,400. If this “average” dollar amount is considered, the result indicates that there are potentially two-thousand, four-hundred boat covers needed for boats used by the Defense Logistics Agency. This amount seems completely over-blown, so there is one of two issues going on, if that is the case: 1. The dollar amount, per boat cover quantity actually purchased, is far more than the suggested $50, or 2. The amount of boat covers purchased are not necessarily needed; in fact a large, projected need for them could be inside the bid for consideration. No matter how you look at it, this is an extraordinarily large amount of money that was recently awarded to a defense materials agency for something that could normally be purchased at a reasonable fee. If the amount of boat covers were well into the 200 quantity, the total amount needed would only have been $10k, certainly not the over inflated amount of $120k. How could over 2,000 be needed?

Considering also the current state of our economy, people who are without work or homeless as well as numerous other citizens who genuinely could benefit from government spending, we need to think about what we, as American people, can do about over excessive government contract spending. If our government is truly for the people, by the people, something must be done since we cannot convert boat covers into homes, food or necessities.

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