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(Omaha World Herald)   Lincoln, Neb. mayor sends Cheney the bill for all the extra security needed during visit. With pic of Cheney and his "Whoah, hey, hold on a sec" face   ( divider line
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2004-06-23 10:51:27 AM  
Why shouldn't he be responsible for it? It's his fault that
He's just another lying, conniving, deceptive useless inconvience of an asshole politician. Just like Kerry, Bush, and almost of our other privilaged assholes who think that they're special when they are nothing more than average schmuck who's more manipulative than the average Joe-Shmoe citizen that they represent.
farking A, I hate politics. Too many morons who expect us, the peasnatry, to bow in their thinly veiled mediocrity. Here's a notion guys, your shiat smells just as bad as the rest of us. Except most of us aren't busy anally raping each other.
When will someone who's truly great and humble come along and change things, instead of signing stupid bills that don't really affect anything for better or worse, that only seems to change the way things are down to another equally average method. What happened to this country that we don't have the greatest people even remotely interested in running things anymore? Are we really that farked as a whole, taht it's not worth the effort anymore?
I certainly hope not. I really do. I love my country, the freedoms that it offers, and the people, but shiat has got to change with those who are employed by us, the taxpayers, who were chosen to run things. There has to better choices than those we currently have.
There's got to be a way spark interest in those with truly great visions and ability, who don't have inclinations of self righteousness and deservedness, to wanting to run the show for us.
Like I said above, I farking hate politics.
Case in point,
2004 presidential race: we have Curious George the Bumbling Semiliterate Buffoon and The Heart-Attack Man, running against Lurch and some yet-to-be-named-nobody-really-cares-who. It's time for a change people.
Now watch this drive.
2004-06-23 12:21:29 PM  
And the Dark Lord turns his eye to Lincoln, Nebraska ...
2004-06-23 12:22:31 PM  
needs a Hero tag.
2004-06-23 12:22:59 PM  
Great pic. Looks like he walked into the Dodgeball screening at Miriam Kansas.
2004-06-23 12:24:08 PM  
How is this cool? The gub`ment gets its money from everyone's pocket.
2004-06-23 12:24:24 PM  
Cheny came to a town near ours a couple months ago (he chose to go to the yuppy rich town right next to ours that has about 1/30th our population for whatever reason) and he held up traffic for the entire city going to meet him. It took me an extra hour sitting in traffic before I could get home.

/got nothin, just wanted to complain about that.
2004-06-23 12:24:36 PM  
"This isn't about cost. It's about politics," Kramer said. "Lincoln is sending a message that leaders of the Free World aren't welcome here because the city is too cheap."

"Leaders of the Free World"? I guess Reagan's death stirred up a bunch of cold war nostalgia...
2004-06-23 12:25:25 PM  
So he came out of his "undisclosed location"? How the hell did I miss that?
2004-06-23 12:26:22 PM  
no way! the vice president needs security? this is news?

needs a stupid tag . . .
2004-06-23 12:26:42 PM  

". State GOP Chairman David Kramer said it was especially outlandish given that Cheney was returning to his hometown."

Funny, I always thought Cheney's hometown was located on the Death Star.
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2004-06-23 12:26:44 PM  
Well, I hope Mayor Kramer enjoys his all expenses paid, one way trip to Camp Gitmo.
2004-06-23 12:27:45 PM  
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2004-06-23 12:27:47 PM  
That's pretty reasonable. I don't run around hating the Bush administration like a lot of people here, and I think it's only fair that they cover the costs of any campaigning they do.
2004-06-23 12:28:19 PM  
Awesome... If I lived in Nebraska... I'd kill myself. But assuming I didn't I'd vote for this guy.
2004-06-23 12:28:28 PM  
This is almost as cool as making Savanna pay for the security at the G-8 summit. They just closed all federal and public buildings for the week for "security reasons" and gave the employees unpaid vacation...

So federal and public employees payed for the G-8 summit.
2004-06-23 12:28:29 PM  
Holy pop-ups, Batman.
2004-06-23 12:28:36 PM  
I've got a MUCH better idea. How about the cities/states flatly REFUSE to provide ANY additional security for these pricks. It's not an official visit, it's a political fundraiser. Why should everyone BUT the person it benefits pay for it?
2004-06-23 12:29:05 PM  
"Bowen said the mayor's request came out of citizen inquiries about street closings, costs and why taxpayers should bear the costs for a campaign trip.

Because that's the way it's done, the GOP's Kramer said."


I HATED that response from my parents when I was a kid [Because I said so], and I HATE it now, especially coming from a politician.
2004-06-23 12:29:06 PM  
Sounds reasonable to me. Cheney probably has $32k in his money clip
2004-06-23 12:29:37 PM  
He is in my "This is how i would approach J-Lo's undisclosed location" pose.

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2004-06-23 12:30:18 PM  
Can Cheney EVER look like he's not about to turn the hose on some kids for getting too close to his lawn?

Win or lose this November, I hope Cheney gets a pair of pliers from Santa so he can finally remove that bolt up his ass.
2004-06-23 12:30:52 PM  
If the town picks up the tab, the tax payers have to pay for it. If the VP's office is billed for it, the tax payers have to pay for it.

I fail to see how this warrants a hero tag.
2004-06-23 12:31:19 PM  
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I did not make bread with the bones of those children.
2004-06-23 12:31:43 PM  
Apparently his friends at Halliburton can't afford to lend him the money which he OBVIOUSLY doesn't have.
2004-06-23 12:31:48 PM  
galumph Santa might as well bring him a new heart whiles he's at it.
2004-06-23 12:32:16 PM  
Absolutely right, doccm9 -- why can't we have a Green Party, Labor Party, Progressive Party, Idiot's Delight Party? The Republicrats are useless, all of them -- all they want is what they've got and more besides, like every dime from the US taxpayer's pockets. Keep the American people barefoot and uninformed, then we can't squawk. And we, abject fools that we are, just lay back and let them walk all over us. Time for some armed insurrection -- or at least some serious civil disobedience. Who's with me
2004-06-23 12:32:34 PM  
But if the campaign funds are used to pay for it, then taxpayers aren't paying for it. This is how it should be done.
2004-06-23 12:32:37 PM  

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2004-06-23 12:32:40 PM  
Please see:

SUPREMACY CLAUSE - "This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding." U.S. Const. art. VI, Paragraph 2

Please next see this future headline: Former Hick Town Mayor indicted, would not STFU.
2004-06-23 12:32:45 PM  
I live in Lincoln and i didnt really care one way or the other until I read this but now I hope they do pay becasue of this comment:

"Bowen said the mayor's request came out of citizen inquiries about street closings, costs and why taxpayers should bear the costs for a campaign trip.

Because that's the way it's done, the GOP's Kramer said."

I shouldn't have to pay for his campaign which is what is going to end up happening. And I really hope he loses the election now.
2004-06-23 12:33:16 PM  
Also I agree with SixOfDLoC
2004-06-23 12:33:19 PM  
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"Wait'll they get a load of me..."
2004-06-23 12:33:31 PM  

one town pays for everything vs. all of America pays for it.
i.e. few people pay big $$$ vs. more people pay very small $.
therefore, small town does not get reemed.
2004-06-23 12:33:55 PM  

If the town picks up the tab, the tax payers have to pay for it. If the VP's office is billed for it, the tax payers have to pay for it.

I fail to see how this warrants a hero tag.

Because the taxpayers shouldn't pay for it at ALL. It was a campaign fundraiser, for christ's sake. You do know how many trips the POTUS & VPOTUS have taken at our expense right? (And yes, it's way, way, WAY more than any previous president or VP.)
2004-06-23 12:34:17 PM  
Well hell, it's their RIGHT as politicians to have armed escorts, ambulances at the ready, all streets for us normal schmucks blocked-off, a swarm of children throwing rose-petals before their limousine, a full marching band to play music for them, etc.

After all, they're not just politicians, they're DIGNITARIES who deserve only the finest, so long as someone else is paying!

2004-06-23 12:34:56 PM  
Ginseng, I'm up for a riot or two. Summer's been kind of slow around here.
2004-06-23 12:35:09 PM  
If it's an "official" visit, I supposed I don't have a problem with the town/city footing the bill.

HOWEVER, if it's a campaign-related trip, they (the Shrubya campaign and NOT the taxpayers) should be footing the bill.

The same would go for the Kerry campaign, as well.
2004-06-23 12:35:23 PM  
2004-06-23 12:32:16 PM Ginseng
2004-06-23 12:36:04 PM  
Nobody ever billed Bubba when he made his frequent forays into the middle of Manhattan and turned the place upside down. They closed streets, towed cars, and had legions of cops out for each visit. It couldn't have cost less than $250,000 whenever he wanted to have lunch in Midtown, not to mention making life miserable for the public who suddenly got stuck for hours in massive jams caused by the street closings.

I say that if you're a municipality, refuse to provide the services if you don't like the cost. Then the politician involved can decide whether s/he wants to come badly enough to pay for it (or, God forbid, forego all the pomp and get stuck in traffic like the rest of us peasants).
2004-06-23 12:36:06 PM  
galumph200, I understand that but it's not like the VP is gonna be like "damn, I sure got it in the can." It's nothing to Cheney. If it was coming out of his pocket, I'd understand.

2004-06-23 12:36:21 PM  
2004-06-23 12:32:16 PM Ginseng

it's too early...

I am

/raises hand
2004-06-23 12:36:39 PM  
Cheney: Put your money where our mouths are.
2004-06-23 12:37:34 PM  
Wait for the wanking during and after the democratic convention in Boston..I hear they are shutting down several majot arteries and surface streets for the entire duration of the convention.
2004-06-23 12:37:39 PM  
one town pays for everything vs. all of America pays for it.
i.e. few people pay big $$$ vs. more people pay very small $.
therefore, small town does not get reemed.

Particularly with all the cuts to federal funding passed to states that have come down the pipe these last three years or so.
2004-06-23 12:38:03 PM  
Considering he was there for a political fundraiser, it's not unreasonable that the political party hosting it incur the expense. Did Average Joe Taxpayer really benefit from his visit? No, a very small select group of people did.

So what if cities haven't demanded it in the past? This country's citys and states have been on somewhat of a tight budget for the past three years. I know my city couldn't afford an unbudgeted $32k expense, but I guarantee Cheney wouldn't even miss it he's so frickin' rich.
2004-06-23 12:38:44 PM  
This is pretty lame. Whether you like him or not, he's the vice-president, and even though the man may or may not deserve respect, the office does. The city should consider him their guest and treat him as such.

It's just part of it... cities pay for security costs related to hosting events.
2004-06-23 12:38:52 PM  

In other words, typical leftist behavior.
2004-06-23 12:39:07 PM  
What BS. Let Cheney pay for his own security.
2004-06-23 12:40:33 PM  
The campaign is supposed to pay for expenses related to fundraisers.

Dick Cheney is Satan's placenta.
2004-06-23 12:40:46 PM  
MMG, you forgot a few

Misinformed/Uninformed/Dishonest (pick one)
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