“[Dick Cheney]’s developed an angst and almost a protective cover, and now he fears being tried as a war criminal.”—Colin Powell’s former chief of staff, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson • He also contends that Cheney “was president for all practical purposes for the first term of the Bush administration,” something critics have long-alleged. source (via • follow)
The total damages from Hurricane Irene have yet to be assessed, but already the White House and congressional Republicans are fighting over the bill.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor started the dialogue by insisting that federal disaster aid to affected states and communities be balanced with spending cuts elsewhere in the budget.
That’s the same stance Cantor earlier in the week when it came to aid for his own Virginia House district, which was the epicenter of the East Coast’s unlikely earthquake.
Asked Tuesday about offsetting hurricane aid, White House press secretary Jay Carney went out of his way to note that Republicans, Cantor included, didn’t object when the Bush administration spent money it didn’t have on tax cuts, wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and Medicare prescription drug coverage.
“I guess I can’t help but say that I wish that commitment to looking for offsets had been held by the House majority leader and others, say, during the previous administration when they ran up unprecedented bills … and never paid for them,” Carney said.