Dick Cheney Still In Bed With Haliburton
More lying, this time from Dick Cheney, possibly our most crooked VP ever. Seems that Cheney is still very much financially tied to Haliburton
. From Matt Bivens
"Since I left Halliburton to become George Bush's vice president, I've severed all my ties with the company, gotten rid of all my financial interest. I have no financial interest in Halliburton of any kind and haven't had, now, for over three years." -- Vice President Cheney on the Sept. 14 showing of "Meet the Press".
Not true, says the Congressional Research Service. According to Cheney's own financial disclosure statements, he continues to collect a yearly Halliburton check in "deferred compensation" -- Cheney spread his last paycheck out over a period of years so he could pay less income tax to those sons-a-$#%@s in Washington like, um, himself. So he'll be pocketing about $150,000 or so a year from Halliburton through 2005. And, Cheney also holds hundreds of thousands of stock options, which gain in value as Halliburton grows fat, and fatter, on those shameless no-bid cost-plus contracts.
Halliburton, meanwhile, continues to soak the American taxpayer for astounding sums. One contract -- negotiated and awarded in secret -- could ultimately be worth $7 billion if allowed to stand. Already we have shelled out $1.2 billion of that, a sum likely to rise to $2 billion in the near future.
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