Saturday, August 19, 2006

"a UNIQUE company" says Cheney RE Halliburton

(another great DU post -- b)

"Halliburton is a unique kind of company." -- Dick Cheney, September 2003

Total value of contracts given to Halliburton for work in the Bush-Cheney "War on Terror" since 2001.........More than $15 billion

Amount that Halliburton pays to the Third World laborers it imports into Iraq to do the work in its dining facilities, laundries, etc..........................................$6 per 12-hour day (50 cents per hour)

Amount that Halliburton bills us taxpayers for each of these workers.........................................$50 a day

Amount that Halliburton bills taxpayers for:
-- A case of sodas........................$45
-- Washing a bag of laundry...............$100

Halliburton's campaign contributions in Bush-Cheney election years:
-- In 2000: $285,252 (96% to Republicans)
-- In 2004: $145,500 (89% to Republicans)
Plus $365,065 from members of its board of directors (99% to Republicans)

Increase in Halliburton's profits since Bush-Cheney took office in 2000.......................................379%

Halliburton's 2005 profit (highest in the corporation's 86-year history)......................................$1.1 billion


"Since I left Halliburton to become George Bush's vice-president, I've severed all ties with the company, gotten rid of all my financial interest. I have no financial interest in Halliburton of any kind."-- Former CEO Dick Cheney, Meet the Press, September 2003

Annual payments that Cheney has received from Halliburton since he's been vice-president:
-- 2001: $205,298
-- 2002: $162,392
-- 2003: $178,437
-- 2004: $194,852
-- 2005: $211,465

Cash bonus paid to Cheney by Halliburton just before he took office...........................................$1.4 million

Retirement package he was given in 2000 after only 5 years as CEO.............................................$20 million

Number of times in the past two years that Republicans have killed Senator Byron Dorgan's amendment to set up a Truman-style committee on war profiteering to investigate Halliburton..............................3

Naughty word Cheney used during a Senate photo session in 2004 to assail Sen. Patrick Leahy, who had criticized Cheney's ties to Halliburton.........................................."Go #@!% yourself."

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