Tuesday, August 03, 2004


This one is too rich to pass up. VP Dick "The Tin Man" Cheney accuses John Kerry of fomenting high gasoline prices, from the AP:

Vice President Dick Cheney (news - web sites) said Tuesday that rising consumption and decreasing domestic production have led to high gasoline prices but also blamed his Democratic opponents and their opposition to the Bush administration's energy policies.

The Bush-Cheney campaign accuses Senate Democrats of blocking a Bush energy plan that would increase petroleum drilling and energy conservation and provide new tax breaks and other incentives to spur exploration and production.

"John Kerry and John Edwards voted no," Cheney said. "It's another area where I think there is a significant difference."

Cheney advocated increasing domestic oil production in wildlife areas in Alaska and other regions that are off-limits to development.

"We have put ourselves into a box. The only thing I can think of to do is to keep pushing for a comprehensive energy policy," he said.

If by "comprehensive energy policy" you mean comprehensively squeezing every last drop of oil from the ground no matter what the environmental or geopolitical costs, instead of investing in sustainable, peaceful energies for the future of the world, then I think Cheney has a point. There is a clear choice between Kerry and Bush.

And here's another Cheney gem:

"The bottom line [in Afghanistan and Iraq] is ... to leave behind the kind of government that will never again be a safe haven for terrorists."

Of course, that kind of government may not neccessarily be a popularly elected government reflecting the sovereign rights of the people of those nations.


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