Friday, August 25, 2006:

If Jim Hightower is correct, Cheney lies about Halliburton.

"Since leaving Halliburton to become George Bush's vice-president, I've severed all of my ties with the company, gotten rid of all my financial interest. I have no financial interest in Halliburton of any kind." Former CEO Dick Cheney, Meet the Press, September 2003

Annual payments that Cheney has received from Halliburton since he's been vice-president:

2001: $205,298

2002: $162,392

2003: $178,437

2004: $194,852

2005: $211,465[76]

Notice that 2004: $194,852 and 2005: $211,465 comes after Cheney made the claim that he has "no financial interest in Halliburton of any kind."

Patrick Leahy was criticizing Cheney's ongoing ties to Halliburton. Cheney told Patrick to "go f_ck yourself."

Hightower doesn't site a source in his article for these figures. We aren't saying that we don't trust Jim Hightower. He's definitely an egalitarian populist, which we like and a type we find more trustworthy than neocons, of course. Jim isn't a Machiavellian or a so-called noble liar. Nevertheless, it would help to know a verifiable source for such figures.

If Cheney received that money from Halliburton, what was it, a gift? For what favors?

The rich invest in corporate stocks and their own businesses and in real estate. We can invest in the common people. We can invest in the land that the common people can share and over which they can decide without others lording it over them. The grassroots people can be each other's greatest servants thereby all being what Jesus said the chiefest is: Christlike. Don't expect to find your life in the worldly system or in the flesh without spirit. Do expect to find it in having faith (not doubts) in God and his law: The new commandment. If you go the way of the worldly ones, you will die and be resurrected only to die again. If you go the way of the real, liberal Christian, you will be resurrected to receive the living water of eternal enlightenment and power in unselfish love in action, the spirit of service in friendship.


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