Comments on: Cheney wanted GM in bankruptcy sooner Tracking U.S. politics Wed, 16 Nov 2016 03:39:51 +0000 hourly 1 By: getplaning Thu, 04 Jun 2009 04:36:28 +0000 Not so fast, Dick. Last night on Fox News, Cheney admitted that the Bush administration deliberately decided to pass the buck on GM and let President Obama deal with the problem. Cheney admitted that he thought the “right outcome was going to be bankruptcy,” but that President Bush didn’t want to “be the one who pulled the plug.” Instead, the Bush administration put together a costly auto bailout to stem the tide until President Obama took office:

CHENEY: Well, I thought that, eventually, the right outcome was going to be bankruptcy. … And the president decided that he did not want to be the one who pulled the plug just before he left office.


CHENEY: Well, I think he felt, you know, these are big issues and he wouldn’t be there through the process of managing it, but in effect, would have sort of pulled the plug on GM and that was one of the first crises the new administration would have to deal with. So he put together a package that tided GM over until the new administration had a chance to look at it, decide what they wanted to do.

VAN SUSTEREN: But it’s cost us billions to get — I mean, you know —

CHENEY: It has. … And now the government owns a big chunk of General Motors. That bothers me. I don’t like having government own those kinds of major financial enterprises. I think it’s — it does damage to our long-term economic prospects when we get government involved in making those kinds of decisions.

When announcing his $17.4 billion auto bailout in December 2008, Bush said that “bankruptcy now would lead to a disorderly liquidation of American auto companies.” Cheney is now saying that they were thinking about bankruptcy all along, but instead used billions of dollars of taxpayer money to push their problems onto the Obama administration.

Even former Republican senator Rick Santorum last week went on Greta’s show and chastised the Bush administration, saying that officials “blew it” for punting the problems onto Obama.

Cheney just confirmed what many have suspected all along. They sat back and let the economy slide off a cliff, so they could spend the next eight years trying to pin it on the Obama administration.

By: TC Sun, 31 May 2009 16:00:08 +0000 Eric. I would like to remind you the media never looked the other way during the entire Bush administration like they do with President Obama. My point was that the sharp debate is needed. If it must come from former Vice President Cheney, then so be it.

You were treated well during the Bush years because the media always looked out for those of you who opposed anything republican or to do with Bush. Even if what they reported was not objective reporting. They aren’t being objective now either, but that is because they don’t criticize anything Obama does. And when they do report something, it is with a positive angle on it.

I do find it interesting that for as “failed” as the Bush years were, Obama is continuing many of the policies he railed against and criticized during the campaign. Gitmo is an obvious case in piont.

Particulary, when it comes to the GWOT, Bush is going to be vindicated (and is now because Obama is realizing the reality and correctness of Bush’s policies). Bush once said he was willing to be the most hated president for the next 20 years because keeping the United States and its citizens safe took precedent over anything else. He realized as the test of time and political emotions wane, people will realize what he did was right when it came to the GWOT.

By: Eric H Sat, 30 May 2009 11:42:44 +0000 TC, during the last administration any debate about policy or dissent was labeled as being unpatriotic or “on the side of the terrorists”. I agree that that debate on policy is good thing, I just wanted to remind you of how those of us opposed to Bush & Co. were treated and labeled.

By: jvill Fri, 29 May 2009 20:28:51 +0000 Hold the phone.

An extremely unpopular, former administration that drove the country into a ditch doesn’t like what the new guys are doing? The ones voted in to clean up the mess?

I’m shocked, shocked to see gambling going on in this establishment!

If God loves me, Cheney will run for president in 2012.

By: Bill Fri, 29 May 2009 08:08:07 +0000 All those in favor of discussing something irrelevent like this story…should…
1. Find a job.
2. Help an unemployeed person in their community find a job.
3. Visit their nearest VA hospital.
4. Keep their oppinions to themselves.

By: Steve Thu, 28 May 2009 22:28:50 +0000 * That’s “Colin Powell is more popular that Dick Cheney and Rush Limbaugh combined”*

By: Samson Thu, 28 May 2009 22:19:45 +0000 It is not a debate when one side is simply making things up. The majority of Americans just voted overwhelmingly to repudiate Cheney and the policies of his government. The majority of Americans support Obama and that majority is growing. Cheney is less popular than Colin Powell and Rush Limbaugh combined. Cheney was the architecht of the Unitary Executive, the biggest power grab in the history of the US. Cheney once said, “Reagan proved deficits don’t matter”. Unless, of course, those deficits are needed to repair the damage done to the economy by Cheney’s own government. Then they matter.

By: Drewbie Thu, 28 May 2009 15:21:20 +0000 Based on the quotes in this article, Cheney’s calmed down quite a bit from some of his earlier exicted rants.

By: TC Thu, 28 May 2009 13:04:18 +0000 This is great. The country needs a sharp debate over the policies of the current administration. Cheney is speaking for the majority of Americans who do not like the huge power grab and out of control spending which puts our nation at peril.

The left will criticize the former vice president and come up with all sorts of evils to divert the debate from the truth. However, there is evil in the out of control policies being made right now and, like administrations, will eventually be made public.

Again, it is nice to see some sharp contrasts and criticisms, since no one else (ie media) is taking the lead. Better now than when it is too late for all of us.

By: borisjimbo Thu, 28 May 2009 08:23:27 +0000 Cheney had his chance to run for president in 2008, but I guess he’d rather sit on the sidelines and take potshots like he sat out the Vietnam war. Such a brave man.