Yesterday, Leora Falk of the Chicago Tribune wrote,
Responding to claims by Vice President Dick Cheney that his office is exempt from disclosing information about what it has classified as secret, Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) said Tuesday he will try to cut off the $4.8 million needed annually to run Cheney's office and home.Well, that makes sense. If he's not part of one of the three branches of the federal government, he doesn't need any federal money.
Ms. Falk notes that the Vice President's office responded:
On Tuesday, a Cheney spokesman accused House Democrats of playing politics.If this isn't ironic, if this isn't "the pot calling the kettle black," I don't know what is.
Emanuel's proposal would be attached as an amendment to a spending bill that includes funding of the executive branch and which is expected to be considered by the House as early as Wednesday night. The amendment proposes that no executive funds be used for the vice president's office, including any money for Cheney's vice presidential residence.Well, Ms. McGinn, tell your boss to start, himself, from focusing on partisan politics; tell your boss to start acting with transparency; tell your boss to start working on helping America rather than helping himself.
"He's not part of the executive branch. We're not going to fund something that doesn't exist," said Emanuel, who is also the House Democratic Caucus chairman. "I'm following through on the vice president's logic, no matter how ludicrous it might be."
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said the Senate ought to follow suit in cutting funding if Cheney does not comply with the executive order.
Cheney spokeswoman Megan McGinn retorted, "I think it is sad that Congressman Emanuel would rather focus on partisan politics than the serious issues facing our country."
What gets me the most is that the Vice President appears to be so far removed from the real world that he doesn't see the irony in his actions.