The Vice Dick

I’ve been trying all week to write a post about Dick Cheney, but it just isn’t working. There’s too much. Any outrage, disbelief, or fear seems over the top because he’s over the top.

It started with the Washington Post’s 4-part feature on The Cheney Vice Presidency, looking at the incredible power Cheney exercises and the disturbing level of secrecy he enforces.

Then there’s his “I’m not part of the executive branch” one day and I claim executive privilege” the next, depending on which statement will allow him to maintain secrecy around whatever the fuck he’s doing he’s so afraid of anyone finding out about.

As if this weren’t enough, the Oversight and Government Reform committee (chaired by Henry Waxman) released a report on the “shadow government” of federal contractors and the spiraling increases in the money they’re sucking from our government. The biggest winner? Cheney’s own Halliburton, of course. The biggest loser? Us.

By the time you get to reading about the man-sized safes Cheney keeps in his office, all you can do is laugh until you cry.

By the way, supposedly Cheney’s stock options in Halliburton rose 3281% just this past year. Supposedly, he’s going to give all his profits to charity. So I wonder which charity is going to get that $8 million. I suppose it’s not Freedom To Marry.

Speaking of which, it’s funny that the Christian right is so disturbed that Baby Samuel has two mommies and no daddy. If they had any sense, they’d be afraid for the poor kid having a grandfather who probably has baby-sized safes somewhere in his office.


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