During an interview with Dick Cheney this morning, CNN’s John King asked the former vice president why “we should listen to you” for economic advice. Responding to a litany of failure expressed in statistical changes that occurred under the Bush/Cheney administration, Cheney responded that there’s “all kinds of arguments that could be made,” but he emphasized that there is “something more important than” the specific numbers King cited; namely, 9/11.
Cheney argued the Bush administration had to spend (without paying for it) because it went into “wartime mode.” Cheney also referenced the need to spend money after the Katrina disaster: “All of these things required us to spend money that we had not originally planned to spend or weren’t originally part of the budget. Stuff happens. And the administration has to be able to respond to that, and we did.”
Well, at least he didn’t contemptuously respond with “So what?” this time, but the effect isn’t all that much better.