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Dick Cheney: The 4th Branch

by Pamela Leavey

As the graphic above shows, apparently it’s time to re-write the text books for our kids U.S. Goverment class because, I know my daughter just finished her Gov. class and there was nothing in her textbook about the “Dick Cheney” branch of the U.S. Government.

Desppite the fact that there really is NO “Dick Cheney” branch of the U.A. Government, “the White House defended Vice President Cheney yesterday” in the “kerfuffle” over his “office’s refusal to comply with an executive order regulating the handling of classified information as Democrats and other critics assailed him for disregarding rules that others follow.” KERFUFFLE?? Contrary to Dick Cheney’s delusions, he is not a separate branch of our government.

Raw Story reports that in the wake of “Vice President Dick Cheney’s assertion that his office is not a part of the executive branch of the US government, Democratic Caucus Chairman Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-IL) plans to introduce an amendment to the the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill to cut funding for Cheney’s office.”

The amendment to the bill that sets the funding for the executive branch will be considered next week in the House of Representatives.

“The Vice President has a choice to make. If he believes his legal case, his office has no business being funded as part of the executive branch,” said Emanuel in a statement released to RAW STORY. “However, if he demands executive branch funding he cannot ignore executive branch rules. At the very least, the Vice President should be consistent. This amendment will ensure that the Vice President’s funding is consistent with his legal arguments.”

Furthermore, Rep. Emanuel suggested that if Dick Cheney feels “his office is not part of the executive branch “he should return the salary the American taxpayers have been paying him since January 2001, and move out of the home for which they are footing the bill.”” Touche… Let’s send him packing.

Andrew Sullivan notes that the Democrats are growing “some balls” with Emanuel’s move. I couldn’t agree more — but let’s hope that the Republicans can grow a set too because it’s time for them to stand up and say enough is enough to BushCo.

Kevin Drum calls it all “excellent political theater.” GTL calls it “CHECKMATE.” RJ Eskow says, “Cheney’s Not in the Executive Branch? Sounds Good to Me!.”

Indeed, let the games begin because evidently, Dick has a ‘Different Understanding With the President’:

Over the past six years, Cheney has shaped his times as no vice president has before. This article begins a four-part series that explores his methods and impact, drawing on interviews with more than 200 men and women who worked for, with or in opposition to Cheney’s office. Many of those interviewed recounted events that have not been made public until now, sharing notes,e-mails, personal calendars and other records of their interaction with Cheney and his senior staff. The vice president declined to be interviewed.

Two articles, today and tomorrow, recount Cheney’s campaign to magnify presidential war-making authority, arguably his most important legacy. Articles to follow will describe a span of influence that extends far beyond his well-known interests in energy and national defense.

In roles that have gone largely undetected, Cheney has served as gatekeeper for Supreme Court nominees, referee of Cabinet turf disputes, arbiter of budget appeals, editor of tax proposals and regulator in chief of water flows in his native West. On some subjects, officials said, he has displayed a strong pragmatic streak. On others he has served as enforcer of ideological principle, come what may.

Keith Olbermann weighed in on Dick Cheney’s fantasy that he’s above the law yesterday with a little help from the WaPo’s Dana Milbank. Watch it here:

Memeorandum has all the buzz on the latest installment of As The Bush Administration Turns.

3 Responses to “Dick Cheney: The 4th Branch”

  1. I thought this was great. Especially since I first heard the idea from a caller on Randi Rhodes Friday show.

    Either the idea was pretty logical (I thought they should be able to) or Rahm was listening and ran with it. 😎

    Looks like a great series on Cheney. Maybe it will help Kucinich with the articles of impeachment.

  2. Both Bush & Cheney actlike they are above the law.

    Dick Cheney is the power behind the throne. Of course, he and Bush believe they are exempt from Presidential Executive Orders.

    Still, Presidential Executive Orders during the War on Terror can be used by the executive branch to further destroy the Constitution and our liberties.

    Read the Final Presidential Executive Order from the online book, “The Swiss Preserve Solution” at http://www.swissconfederationinstitute.com/swisspreserve14.htm

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