Saturday, July 24, 2004


"Dick Cheney can be president." George W. Bush

VP Dick Cheney,, Former Halliburton CEO, benefiting from a rich retirement package with the Halliburton for his service. No doubt looking forward to picking up that career if we ever get his ass out of D.C.

"Cheney received almost $180,000 from Halliburton in 2003 alone. [Sources: CNN, 4/13/04; CNN, 10/25/03]

"Three days before a Halliburton subsidiary was awarded a $7 billion no-bid contract to fight oil fires in Iraq, an Army Corps of Engineers official wrote an e-mail saying the award had been ‘coordinated’ with the office of Vice President Cheney, Halliburton's former chief executive.” [Source: Washington Post, 7/2/04]

Secrecy on energy issues began years ago when Vice President Cheney's energy task force met behind closed doors—a controversial process still being debated in the courts.

Now the two Republican chairmen in charge of the energy packages from the House and Senate are behind closed doors again—this time to rewrite the bill themselves without input from Democrats and other critics.

The process defies convention in this capital city.
Republicans say their closed-door process is the only way to wrest a bill out of a Congress that is deeply divided on energy issues.

Rep. Billy Tauzin of Louisiana and Sen. Pete Domenici of New Mexico, the GOP chairmen of the House and Senate energy committees, work out titles of the energy bill in secret. The chairmen first release these drafts to GOP colleagues, then to Democrats and the press.
The last energy bill died in conference during the 107th Congress, after protracted and difficult negotiations. "There were too many meetings, too many offers and counteroffers," said chairman Tauzin on the opening day of the energy conference last month—the last open meeting until conferees are convened to sign an agreement.
GAIL RUSSELL CHADDOCK / Christian Science Monitor 2oct03

"...too many meetings, too many offers and counteroffers"
Can you imagine if this man were to become President how much simpler government would be?
We wouldn't need to think at all.

Again, old news. But this needs to be common knowledge.
The Republicans I know would hate this. If they only knew.

Of course if Rush doesn't say it, they don't know it.

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