The news Sunday carried a surprise item about the Veep hitting a friend with shotgun pellets in a hunting accident. (The victim is reported to be in good condition.) It appears undeniable that the Vice President forgot, ignored or never learned the first rule of firearms safety: be certain of what you're shooting at, and never aim a gun at anything you don't intend to shoot.
Unsurprisingly, this has caused all kinds of action in the blogosphere and elsewhere. I think this sums it up rather well:
While the event is newsworthy, I find it most interesting as a metaphor. This administration is headed by oil men, and Cheney in particular is said by many to have no vision for the USA other than using ever-increasing amounts of oil. As US production will never again reach its 1970 peak, this means more foreign oil. Further, it means ever-more-expensive oil.
This means ever greater profits for the oil companies (and oil dictatorships which still have oil to pump). This is Cheney's bird on the wing: money, money, money. But when he shot at the money, he hit the American public.
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