Granny Rant
Wednesday, April 28, 2004
::: Supreme Court To Decide -- Can Cheney And Bush :::
::::: Operate A "Sort Of" U. S. Elected Dictatorship? :::::

Paul Krugman sifts through the myriad possible reasons the Supremes are
taking the time to consider the Cheney Energy Task Force Secrecy Riddle.

The real mystery is why the Bush administration has engaged in a three-year fight - which reaches the Supreme Court today - to hide the details of a story whose broad outline we already know.

Could it be there is something incriminating in the task force docs?
Or, as Krugman wonders, could the intimates of the meetings reveal a
chummy relationship with energy pals?

Those of us who have been following such things know that the Bush administration is so deeply enmeshed in the energy industry that it's hard to know where one ends and the other begins>. Campaign contributions are part of it, but it's also personal: George Bush and Dick Cheney are only two of the many members of the administration who grew rich by relying on the kindness of energy companies. Indeed, the day after the executive director of Mr. Cheney's task force left the government, he went into business as an energy industry lobbyist.

In return, the Bush administration has given energy companies a lot to celebrate. One policy decision alone, effectively scrapping "new source review" in regulating power plant pollution, is worth billions of dollars to industry donors.

Considering there are enough snakes writhing in Cheney's secret pit
to erupt into scandal at any time, perhaps Cheney is simply worried about
unfavorable publicity.

*** One is the grand jury investigation into the outing of Valerie Plame
*** as a CIA operative.

*** Paris court contemplates an eventual *** indictment of the present
*** United States Vice President, Richard Cheney, in his capacity as
*** former CEO of Halliburton. The investigations concern 180 million
*** dollars of commissions paid on the occasion of a gas complex bid
*** in Nigeria. Bribery, huh? Didn't hear that in the media, did you?

*** And isn't there something about Halliburton and asbestos? (not
*** sure on this ... no link, but am not at all worried about mentioning
*** something that could possibly, turn out to be false ... why? ...
*** 'cause they are obviously not everworried about the truth!)

The main public justification for the Cheney task force was the 2000-2001 electricity crisis in California. For at least two years, we've known that this crisis was largely the result of market manipulation by energy companies - and surmised that some of those same companies were advising Mr. Cheney on energy policy.

*** Conclusion ... It's the Power they're after, stupid.

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