A letter writer (12/18) commented that President Bush and Vice President Cheney should forfeit retirement benefits when they leave office. As a starting point, that is OK. However, Dick Cheney’s relationship with Halliburton needs close scrutiny from the standpoint of war profiteering. Some say he should stand trial as a war criminal, but that is unlikely to happen.
If Congress does go down the investigation path, they should also look at the salary and bonus matrix of investment bankers. If drug companies sold products as poisonous as the financial instruments those “masters of the universe” pushed on the public, they would be sued out of existence.