Friday, May 19, 2006

Whose Side is Cheney On ?

Once I'm elected I won't even make a pretense of liking the American people. I will insult the news media, shoot a man in the face while "hunting" (quail trained to fly out of a trap so Dick can shoot them) and lie to start and continue a war.

I'll plan a war with the major players in the oil industry and classify the list of names attending the meeting. Scalia will go duck hunting with me so we can plot how best to decide the case at the Supreme Court level.

Bada Bada Bing

Unless you (Mr. President) are forced to testify (not under oath of course) at the 9/11 "commission". (A group of paid off Senators with the leader of the group a former Bin Laden business partner through Amoco)

Bush had to show up WITH Cheney and testified with Cheney and not under oath.

Meanwhile the world is held hostage to organized corporate crime, criminal negligence and treason.

Wow "half human" isn't that a stretch...on what basis can the author attribute any human qualities. Like Rumsfeld and Bush this man blows the traits for a narcissistic psychopath off the map.

You say Chalabi - I say Cheney
too bad they didn't call the whole thing off !

Funny how we rarely hear about Cheney's main man anymore eh?

Ya gotta wonder whose side Cheney is on:



Dick Cheney’s political career dated back to the 1970s when, as a Wyoming congressman, he had one of the most conservative voting records of any member of Congress during his five terms in the House. Cheney:

1. Voted against the Equal Rights Amendment.

2. Opposed a resolution to urge the release of Nelson Mandela from a South African prison during apartheid.

3. Opposed the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act.

4. Opposed the Clean Water Act.

5. Opposed authorizing funds for Head Start.

6. Opposed the plastic gun ban but changed his mind after law enforcement groups lobbied him.

7. Opposed federal funding of abortions even in cases of rape, incest, or when a woman’s life is in danger.

8. Opposed the Endangered Species Act.
8. Voted against spending more on “Superfund” environmental cleanups.

9. Supported oil drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

10. Opposed gas and oil leasing in his home state of Wyoming and wanted to designate 650,000 additional acres in Wyoming as wilderness areas.

11. Supported Reagan’s Star Wars, the deployment of the MX missile, production of new chemical weapons.

11. Supported military aid to the Nicaraguan Contras.

12. Favored raising the Social Security retirement age from 65 to 67.

13. Opposed busing to achieve racial desegregation in public schools.

14. Supported prayer in public schools.

15. Opposed limiting contributions by political action committees.

16. Opposed coverage of long-term home care for the chronically ill under Medicare and voted against a measure that would have shielded Medicare beneficiaries from bills for catastrophic illnesses and provided prescription drug coverage under Medicare. (Washington Post, July 27, 2000)

As President George Herbert Bush’s secretary of defense, Dick Cheney canceled a contract for a jet program without following the proper legal procedures, and then he gave inconsistent testimony about the decision which could have exposed the government to billions of dollars in judgments. On the eve of the Gulf War, Cheney made the decision to cancel the program, leading to 20,000 defense layoffs. Cheney denied at trial in 1996 that he had ordered the termination. But according to the judge, he acknowledged doing so in a letter to President Bush on January 4, 1991. (Washington Post, August 7, 2000; James Stephenson, The $5 Billion Misunderstanding)

After Bill Clinton’s victory in 1992 cost his government job, Cheney became CEO of Halliburton. Since then, he made millions running a business that provided services to that same military.

That business contributed $250,000 to the Republican cause in the first half of 2000. Cheney collected more than $10 million in salary and stock payments from the company. In addition, he was the company’s largest individual shareholder, holding stock and options worth another $40 million. Those holdings undoubtedly became more valuable by the lucrative contracts which BRS, a Halliburton subsidiary, had with the Pentagon. (New York Times, July 31, 2000)
Iraq’s “oil-for-food” program was expanded in 1998 to allow Iraq to import spare parts for its oil facilities. The Halliburton subsidiaries joined dozens of American and foreign oil supply companies that helped Iraq increase its crude exports from $4 billion in 1997 to nearly $18 billion in 2000. However, Cheney offered contradictory accounts of how much he knew about Halliburton's dealings with Iraq. In July 30, 2000, Cheney denied that Halliburton or its subsidiaries traded with Baghdad. However, he changed his tune three weeks later, when he acknowledged that Dresser Rand and Ingersoll Dresser Pump traded with Iraq. These two firms traded with Baghdad for more than a year under Cheney, signing nearly $30 million in contracts before he sold Halliburton’s 49 percent stake in Ingersoll Dresser Pump Company in December 1999 and its 51 percent interest in Dresser Rand to Ingersoll-Rand in February 2000. (Washington Post, June 23, 2001).

During the peak of the 2000 election -- in October 2000 -- Halliburton underwent criminal investigation for allegedly defrauding the federal government out of millions of dollars in the closure of the Fort Ord, California military base. (New York Times, October 26, 2000

Cheney made nearly $46,000 on Halliburton stock investments in the summer of 1999 -- for an 80 percent return -- by gaining access to nine initial public offerings for technology companies. (New York Times, October 25, 2000

Between 1995 and 2000, Cheney was paid a total of $12.5 million and received Halliburton stock and options worth nearly $39 million at its current share price. On the very day that Cheney accepted the vice-presidential post, the board of directors of Halliburton approved a retirement package worth an estimated $20 million. (New York Times, August 12, 2000)

While registered to vote in Dallas County, Texas, Cheney only voted in two of the state's 16 elections over a span of five years. The Dallas Morning News (September 8, 2000) examined Texas' county records and showed that Cheney registered to vote in December 1995 after moving to Dallas from the Washington, D.C. The elections in which he voted were the November 1996 presidential election and the November 1998 race for governor and other state and local offices. He even missed Texas' March primary where he had the opportunity to vote for Bush.
The 14 Dallas county elections Cheney skipped were the presidential and state primaries, primary runoffs, and Highland Park city elections in 1996; two state constitutional amendment votes in 1997; a Highland Park school board vote, a Highland Park city election, a state primary, and primary runoffs in 1998; a hotly contested Highland Park school bond election and a constitutional amendment vote in 1999; and the 2000 primary and primary runoffs.
Acknowledging that he failed to vote in 85 percent of the state's elections, Cheney tried to brush off criticism, saying that he voted "in every federal primary and general election in the last 20-some years." Cheney rationalized that he "traveled a great deal. Dallas was my base. That's where I lived or was headquartered, but I was not involved in community affairs very extensively in Dallas. My focus was on global concerns." Even though Cheney was frequently away from Texas doing business for Halliburton Corporation -- the Dallas-based oil services giant -- where he was CEO, Texas election law generously allows for absentee voting.
To avoid a constitutional conflict with running mates from the same state, Cheney changed his voter registration to Wyoming, his home state, in July, days before being tapped by Bush. Then he did vote in the Wyoming August primary. But since presidential candidates did not appear on the Wyoming ballot, Cheney did not have an opportunity to vote for Bush.
Given that Dick seems to be against clean water, womens rights, equal rights for people of color, and generally prefers war and abusing the environment - I ask you- whose side is he on?


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