Thursday, June 21, 2007

VP Cheney Doesn’t Know His Place

UPDATE: Via Talking Points Memo, Rep. Rahm Emanuel has asked Vice President Cheney to vacate the premises and return his salary to American taxpayers, now that he’s no longer a part of the Executive Branch.

He even has a chart. Abso-FREAKING-hilarious. If you don't know what I"m talking about, read my original post:

Uh-oh, someone must have been absent from civics class in high school!
The Oversight Committee has learned that over the objections of the National Archives, Vice President Cheney exempted his office from the presidential order that establishes government-wide procedures for safeguarding classified national security information. The Vice President asserts that his office is not an “entity within the executive branch.”

If the Vice President’s office is no longer part of the Executive Branch, just where exactly is it? Shall we impeach President Bush and find out if Cheney still thinks he’s next in line to the throne, er, Presidency?

Sadly, the Veep just needed to check the federal government’s “Executive Branch” website which does, in fact, include the office of the vice president. Sorry, bud. Nice try, though.

It gets worse:

As described in a letter from Chairman Waxman to the Vice President, the National Archives protested the Vice President's position in letters written in June 2006 and August 2006. When these letters were ignored, the National Archives wrote to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales in January 2007 to seek a resolution of the impasse. The Vice President's staff responded by seeking to abolish the agency within the Archives that is responsible for implementing the President's executive order.

Power hungry much? Ya think? It must really kill him to be in the number two slot.

The sad thing is, the National Archives are probably wasting their time. A Mid-Atlantic Shredding Services truck was spotted making its way to the Cheney compound back in October---two and a half weeks before the election.

(h/t, Huffington Post).