Originally published in the Grand Rapids Press, September 3, 2011
It seems the only words used when describing Dick Cheney are either “love” or “hate.” (A step up, I suppose, for what passes for public discourse these days, which is generally just “hate.”) For me, it’s “disappointment.” Cheney was an integral part of the Ford administration, and I guess I have always hoped some more of Gerald Ford would have rubbed off on him. You know, the part about being an intelligent, fair-minded, approachable, thoughtful person. (Same goes for Donald Rumsfeld.)
So Mr. Cheney has written a memoir and in the book he opines about the automaker bailouts, specifically General Motors. He didn’t write exactly what I have in the first panel — I rearranged the order — but they are all his words.
What bothered me was the hypocrisy. Not so much the Halliburton thing (let’s face it, that’s the low hanging fruit). More his shtick as a man above it all — that nobody else could possibly understand all that he knows and has experienced and so it is not worth his time to answer questions or be accountable. Which might just be true in a lot of areas, but seriously, what does Dick Cheney really know about the automotive industry? I would say very little if he claims to have been willing in 2008 to let it implode just to make an ideological point.