2002-08-10 / Editorial/Opinion

‘Corporate Responsibility’ Begins At Home

‘Corporate Responsibility’ Begins At Home

Now that legislation has been passed that will hold corporate executives accountable for "cooking the books" and pilfering the retirement packages of their employees, this would be a good time to take President Bush and Vice-President Dick Cheney to task for questionable business practices in the past. CNN reported that both served in leadership positions at companies that set up subsidiaries in offshore tax havens, according to documents and an analysis of company records released last week. The specter of Harken Energy Corp (the company linked to Bush) has many Americans wondering if the President should be taken out of the White House in handcuffs. Cheney’s situation is even worse because he refuses to answer any questions regarding his involvement with the Halliburton Company. Why is the President allowed to hide behind the cloak of "Executive Privilege" when answering questions on the subject? Why is Cheney allowed to remain silent on the issue, while major corporate giants are being snatched up on a daily basis? Some of them have been caught on tape taking the "perp walk" with federal agents. If Bush and Cheney refuse to talk, or disclose the details of their relationship with these companies, they should be paraded in front of cameras wearing those "silver bracelets" as well. Mr. President, you can’t put your John Hancock on legislation that promises to ensure corporate responsibility, when it appears that you, and your vice president, have not played by the same set of rules previously.

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