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Bush’s Favorite Democrat Comes Out Swinging

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Joe Lieberman was deeply critical today of Dick Cheney’s personal fortune of nearly $100 million, and found such wealth unseemly for  an elected official.  He was also quite outspoken about the fact that Cheney’s wealth continues to increase as a direct result of the no-bid contracts his former company, Halliburton, is granted for war profiteering.  Said Lieberman:

[I]t’s worth noting that Cheney and his wife’s income in 2005 was $8.8 million, the bulk of it from stock options accumulated during his days at Halliburton, a company that has no less than 17 subsidiaries incorporated in offshore tax havens. Indeed, during Cheney’s time as CEO of Halliburton, the number of the company’s offshore tax haven subsidiaries rose from 9 to 44. This kind of corporate sleight of hand is siphoning off an estimated $100 billion a year in collectable revenues from the U.S. Treasury.

Okay you got me, that wasn’t Joe Lieberman, that was Arianna HuffingtonThis is what Lieberman said:

"Having between $90 million and $300 million, Ned Lamont can not only try to buy a seat from Connecticut in the U.S. Senate, he can probably buy a seat in a couple of other states if he wanted," Lieberman said.

Rape Gurney Joe would never be critical of a Republican; as always, the cudgels he applies to Democrats are never utilized on his GOP paramours.  It’s okay for members of the Bush-Cheney administration to be wealthy at the taxpayer’s expense; it is only Democrats who must be poor.  Besides,  Ned Lamont is not a war profiteer and nobody had to die so that he could make money.  With no blood on his hands, I guess the American Dream is not for him.

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Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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