The competition for the NBAF is heating up. Consider the following from Online Athens.

“At least one finalist – Kansas – is publicly sweetening its deal, adding more than $100 million in incentives to entice Homeland Security”.

“The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently asked five finalists for the National Bio- and Agro-defense Facility to revise their proposals for the $451 million lab, and the finalists have until the end of the month to respond”

DHS  gave the 5  finalist,(what is this the Ms. Foot and Mouth pageant) a March 31 dateline to revise their proposals”. 

The swimsuit competition will include the taxpayers taking a bath over the increased taxes to their communities  and one must not forget the evening gown competition.  Only the evening gowns  won’t be needed because this time the taxpayers will not be going to dinner before they get screwed, heck the taxpayers don’t even get a kiss.

A University of Georgia-led group is considering spending more money to draw a federal bioresearch laboratory to Athens, but taxpayers might never know.

Releasing the updated offer would give the competition – consortia in Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina and Texas – inside knowledge of Georgia’s bid, while Georgia would be left in the dark about other finalists’ pitches, Lee said. “That could scuttle it right there,” he said.

The transparency portion of this competition has been canceled due to the lack of  participants.  Turn’s out that, “We’re not obligated to release information that may put us at a competitive disadvantage,” God forbid someone have a competitive disadvantage in this competition.  I can’t wait to see who gets to wear the tiara but my personal favorite was not allow to compete, they were not on the mainland.

My point is the competition for the NBAF  just gets more absurd with time.  Shouldn’t the citizens know the extent of the cost-sharing burden being offered by each state? The answer is a resounding yes! So much for the promised transparency.

 In the end the citizens will have the final say in this competition. It will be in the form of an election process  and removing those in public office responsible for this debacle.  

To read the entire article I refered to in the post “Biolab pitch a Secret” go here.