Scatological comments are inappropriate just about anywhere but a dog park, but has there ever been a guy whose job performance has been as fetid as Dick Cheney’s?
Putting Iraq aside (which is tough to do), one needs to look no further than his influence on energy matters to convict him of all the feasances: mis, mal and non.
First, he had a plan that he didn’t deign to share with the American people…the folks he is sworn to serve. Ironically, this might be the only evidence that actually supports those who assert that the Yale flunkout is – contrary to all empirical evidence – an intelligent human being. Cheney realized that not telling anyone about his plan meant that he would never be held accountable, something that the mainstream media seems to ignore…in order to report on expensive haircuts, controversial pastors and BBQ’s hosted by presidential candidates at their rustic cabins.
Secondly, the “policy” he crafted obviously wasn’t very good, outside of those who toil in the oil business, of course. In other words, #2’s policy helps two to three million people at the expense of almost three hundred million others.
Third, this is not the “free market.” If this was the will of the “free market” then why did the second most powerful public official in the world have to work in secret to impact it?
Four, another right wing hysteria point is that the energy crisis is about supply…but they neglect to discuss the ways in which supply can be affected. For example, supply can be impacted by discovering new supplies of the same source, developing alternatives to the source, or via conservation of all known sources. If, after all, the demand side of the market uses less, the supply side of the market will have more to sell.
Unfortunately, basic logic is somehow lost on Mr. Cheney, but that shouldn’t surprise anyone. He, after all, still thinks that Don Rumsfeld did a bang up job over at the Pentagon.