TO A SELECT FEW:
WILFONG’S THOUGHT OF THE DAY | May 1, 2008
In dealing with Maximum Practicable Utilization (MPU) we went back to our archives to see what we had written back before the Clinton Administration messed up our Minority Business Enterprise program with their “Mend It Don’t Bend It” ill-advised strategy. That strategy didn’t mend it, nor did it bend it. It broke the hell out of it.
So, let’s go back to basics. Let’s try to talk sense to folk. Let’s try to get a program revived.
Here’s what we wrote back in May, 1994.
TO A SELECT FEW:
WILFONG’S THOUGHT OF THE DAY | MAY 1, 1994
ISSUE STATEMENT NO 103: CORE BUSINESS IS WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT
In previous Statements, I talked about a serious and continuing problem that we SDBs faced. The problem- many of our SDBs do what the major primes do. Do we forego that intended for us by Congress? Do we change and do something differently? Or do the primes change and give unto us some of that which they’ve been inclined to keep unto themselves?
If there was ever any doubt in my mind it was cleared up in a recent high-level meeting, Chaired by me. One of the speakers made it very clear what his firm’s position is. To paraphrase, “We will not give up any of our core business. We have made a conscious business decision regarding that.”
While this gentleman spoke for his particular firm, he said point blank what others have been la -ti- da-ing about for some time. He said what others have been showing by their deeds.
There were no, “we can’t find them.”, no “we have preexisting long-term relations.”, no “we’ll look into that and see what we can do.” He summed up the issue excellently, the primes have made a conscious business decision to NOT relinquish any of their core business. Many really don’t care if qualified SDBs are out there. They simply do no intend to give up anything they contend is “what we do”. They don’t care that “what we do” is also “what we do”, too.
We can no longer skirt the issue. Hell, he put it right out there for us, and everybody else to see, and hear. What do we do about it? I’m not quite sure. But of this I am sure, we would be derelict in our duty to those who depend upon us, if we did nothing. The Government folks who heard the statement would be derelict in their duty, if they do nothing about it. And the primes who heard it will be committing a grievous error if they think that position will stand.
Fortunately, I think NASA folk are beginning to understand what the real deal is, and they are prepared to make sure that the intent of the Congress and of the Administrator of NASA and the Clinton Administration as relates to SDBs is carried out.
Another thing they tried to lay on us “Are you asking us to lay off employees, many of whom are minorities, to contract with SDBs.” As the kid tells Shaq in that commercial, “Don’t even think about it.”
We’re not asking primes to do anything but obey the law.
We sympathize with those being laid off, etc., under the guise of downsizing and rightsizing. But we also look with some interest at the proliferation of major primes buying pieces or all of other primes, rather than investing parts of their profits in retaining longtime employees. We are looking with interest also at the indirect subsidy the aerospace industry and the computer industry are getting from the United States, through the President. We applaud his efforts, and shout full steam ahead. But, what goes around, comes around-everytime. Industry can’t accept the help of the country and then turn around and ignore the Laws. That’s our President helping you, he works for us. He wouldn’t be so quick to help you, if he knew how shabbily you treat us SDBs.
So let’s be clear about this thing. It is not a social thing with us. It’s a matter of economics and yes, politics. We the people, love this great country.
We’d do nothing to knowingly harm it. But, as to people, we have no permanent friends, nor permanent enemies, only permanent interests. We the people (including minorities) can vote things in, we can vote things out. We, like the non-minority community, will vote our pocketbooks. If we’re included in, we’ll vote “Aye”. If not included, we’ll vote “Nay”.
YOU GOT A PROBLEM WITH THAT?
~Post Script | As you’ve gathered by now, we believed wrongly in the Clinton Administration. They deserted us and betrayed us. Those of you who went through that time with us, know well the deterioration of the relationship during the mid-90s. With the stuff that came out in the latter part out the year, we better understand what kind of folk we were dealing with. We later learned of the “distractions” that swirled around 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, when the Clintons lived there. But, at the time-we had absolutely no idea.
That having been said, the “core business” problem still exists. It must be fixed. Let’s bring about the change that is a comin’.
YES WE CAN!!!!!!
SI SE PUEDO!!!!!
The struggle continues, until we succeed-and we shall-YES WE CAN!!!!!
Henry T. Wilfong Jr., MBA, CPA